Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

£7m Gauguin on show ahead of sale

Gauguin's Nature morte a 'L'Esperance has gone on display ahead of its sale at Christie's

Artworks valued at more than £100 million, including a Gauguin which has been unseen for 15 years, have gone on display ahead of their sale next week.

Paintings by Magritte and Picasso, as well as a pastel by Degas - each with a multimillion-pound estimate - are also being exhibited.

They will go under the hammer at the first major art auction of the year - Christie's Impressionist and Modern sale in London on February 9 and 10.

Gauguin's Nature Morte A L'Esperance has the highest estimate in the sale, expected to fetch between £7 million and £10 million.

It was painted in 1901 and shown at the artist's first landmark Retrospective in 1906.

Other notable works include Sur L'Imperiale Traversant La Seine by Picasso - again from 1901 and expected to fetch up to £3 million.

Together the works have a pre-sale estimate of up to £130.9 million and are being shown at Christie's in London's King Street until Wednesday.

The sale follows a record-breaking year for Christie's in 2010, which saw annual sales of £3.3 billion - a new high.

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