«La Cathédrale» by Rodin was not sold at Toronto

«La Cathédrale» (The Cathedral), a bronze of two hands reaching upwards by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, failed to sell at Waddington’s auction in Toronto on June 15.

Over his career, Rodin made a lot of bronzes and wax models of hands but «La Cathédrale» was considered one of his most beautiful. The sculptor created the work in stone in 1908. The foundry of Georges Rudier cast twelve editions of the sculpture in bronze for the Musée Rodin in Paris. In 1999, one of the dozen bronzes was sold at a Christie’s auction for $1.2 million. Another was sold by Sotheby’s a year later for $1.3 million.

The work, presented on the Wednesday action, had been valued at more than $1.1 million and the auction house had expected the bids up to $1.5 million – which would have set a Canadian record for the sale of a sculpture at auction. People were bidding up to somewhere over $1 million, but did not go further.

Published in: on June 17, 2005 at 6:19 am  Leave a Comment  

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