01/16/2013 07:49 am ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Christie's Presents The Strongest Array Of The Art Of The Surreal Ever Offered At Auction

LONDON.- Christie's announced the strongest array of The Art of The Surreal ever to be offered at auction, which will be sold on the evening of 6 February 2012. Joan Miró's rare work L'Echelle de l'évasion, (The ‘Ladder of Escape') - which comes to the market for the first time in almost 60 years and has not been seen in public for over half a century (estimate: £5-8 million) - leads the highly anticipated upcoming sale, which presents landmark works by the leading names of the Surrealist movement, from René Magritte and Max Ernst to Paul Delvaux and Óscar Domínguez. Estimates range from £30,000 to £8 million, with a pre-sale estimate of £30,880,000 to £46,870,000, representing a 50% increase on last year's record breaking pre-sale low estimate and reflecting the exceptional quality of the works offered and the dynamic growth in market demand for this movement. Combined with the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale - Christie's Evening Auctions on 6 February have a total pre-sale estimate of £98,350,000 to £146,580,000.