Miró’s Unique Bird Sculpture Flies Away Amid Brisk Sales as TEFAF 2011 Opens

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MAASTRICHT.- A unique wood sculpture by the Spanish artist Joan Miró sold within hours of the opening of TEFAF Maastricht as thousands of collectors and museum curators arrived at the world’s most influential art and antiques fair. Oiseau lunaire, a 30cm high olive wood work dating from 1945, was sold for $5 million to a private collector and was part of an entire room devoted to Miró by Landau Fine Art of Montreal. The sculpture had been out of sight in a private collection for almost 40 years. Dealers reported good sales across all sections of TEFAF with modern and contemporary art, antiquities and Asian art performing particularly well. The Fair held its preview, attended by more than 10,000 invited guests, on Thursday before opening to the public the following day. TEFAF will continue until Sunday 27 March. Noortman Master Paintings sold four important works, three of them 17th century Dutch Old Masters. Gerrit Berckhe