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Lot 144: Roberto Matta (1911-2002)

Est: £50,000 GBP - £70,000 GBPSold:
Christie'sFebruary 10, 2005London, United Kingdom

Item Overview


Le verbe être
signed and dated 'Matta 59' (lower left)
oil on canvas
56 x 79in. (142.5 x 200.5cm)
Painted in 1959-64

Artist or Maker


Punkaharju, Retretti Art Centre, Surrealism in visual arts and film, May-September 1987.


Galleria Arte Moderna, Milan.
Court Gallery, Copenhagen.
Galerie Christel, Helsinki.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in the early 1970s.


This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Mrs Ferrari-Matta and dated April 2004.

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Auction Details

Post War and Contemporary Day sale

February 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EST

8 King Street, St. James's, London, LDN, SW1Y 6QT, UK