The highlight of this sale was a sweeping cityscape dominated by the famous Gothic cathedral’s soaring silhouette, but it also included some legendary automobiles.
Bernard Buffet (1928-1999), Vue de ville, Amiens (City View: Amiens), 1972, oil on canvas signed and dated, 89 x 130 cm/35 x 51.2 in.
Bernard Buffet’s 1972 painting features one of Amiens’ many canals beneath the great gray sky he loved so much. The cathedral of Notre Dame’s spire and pinnacles, a motif perfectly suited to his trenchant brush, rise above a quiet neighborhood in Picardy devoid of any human presence. Plainly titled Amiens, its history is reassuringly linear: painted in 1972, it has been in the same private collection since it was acquired from the Lorraine gallery Manoir du Mad in 1975. Amiens lived up to expectations, fetching €111,600. The other part of the Metz sale showcased classic cars highly regarded for their easy handling. The first was a 1982 four-wheel drive Mehari belonging to the range Citroën launched in 1979, starting with the emblematic multifunction model synonymous with leisure and rusticity created in 1968. Manufactured until 1982, this even more utilitarian four-wheel drive version sold for €26,040.