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Young Paris auction house expands to Lyon

After opening branches in Deauville and Toulouse, Artcurial adds another region to its roster

Maurice Utrillo, "Impasse trainee a Montmartre", around 1931 (est 250,000-350,000 euro)

PARIS. After creating branches in Deauville and Toulouse, the Paris auction house Artcurial is about to open another, this time in Lyon, France's second largest city.

On 29 September Artcurial Lyon will be inaugurated with an exhibition of 30 of the best lots to be sold in the Paris rooms in the upcoming fall/winter season. Among the selected lots are several paintings by Maurice Utrillo, from the collection of the celebrated collector and galerist Paul Pétridès.

One of the most famous of the Monmartre painters—and son of another, the model and artist Suzanne Valadon—Utrillo, alcoholic and mentally unstable, lived in 1924 with his mother and stepfather, the artist André Utter, in the Chateau Saint-Bernard, on the river Saône near Lyon, while recovering from a bout in a psychiatric hospital. Some of the paintings included in the show date from this period.

The auction house will be headed by the auctioneer Michel Rambert, already well established in Lyon, and is located at 2, rue St-Firmin in the center of the city, close to the Sans-Souci metro stop and Lyon Part-Dieu train station.

The auction schedule will start with a sale of "bandes dessinés" comic strip art on October 16, followed by Modern paintings on 20 November, furniture and art objects on 28 November, and gold/jewellery on 30 November.

Founded in 2001, Artcurial has grown steadily over the past decade. Its sales in the first half of this year totalled €52.3 million.

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