"Bid for the Louvre", an online auction conducted by Christie's and Drouot, was tremendously successful, obtaining a total result of €2,365,000.
Pierre Soulages (b. 1919), Peinture, 64,5 x 91 cm, 12 janvier 1962.
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Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Musée du Louvre, had explained the innovative auction’s inner workings in an interview with La Gazette. The 15-day sale of works donated by artists close to the museum, exclusive experiences and unique, personalized moments offered by the institution’s patrons and partners took place completely online, drew bidders from 24 countries and raised the generous sum of €2,365,000, which will be earmarked for the Louvre’s solidarity and educational projects. The highest bid, €1,400,000, went, unsurprisingly, to Peinture, 64,5 x 91 cm, 12 janvier 1962 (Painting, 64.5 x 91 cm, January 12, 1962) by Pierre Soulages, who turned 101 on December 24. Then, a Vacheron Constantin watch sold for €280,000 and La Rose du Louvre by Jean-Michel Othoniel (born 1964) fetched €90,000. Honorable mention goes to the "Joconde Mania" experience. A generous, lucky bidder paid €80,000 to witness the annual examination of the Mona Lisa with a chosen guest.