This May, Sotheby’s New York Sales, the marquee auction series encompassing Modern & Contemporary art, will feature more than 700 works of art spanning 400 years of art history to the present day. The sale series is among the most valuable ever staged at Sotheby’s, distinguished by works from renowned collections, with a majority of works on offer coming to auction for the first time. The New York Sales will include the Mo Ostin Collection, featuring best-in-class masterworks by René Magritte, Willem de Kooning, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, and many more, from the collection of the legendary Warner Bros. Records executive.
The Modern Evening Auction will feature prime examples of Impressionist and Modern art alongside the titans of Abstract Expressionism. The sale this May will also include an important addition from Sir Peter Paul Rubens – the first time the artist has ever been included in a sale of this kind – a reflection of the artist’s enduring importance as a radical innovator who influenced many of the modern artists offered in the sale, including Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The auction will be further highlighted by numerous fresh-to-market works, including Gustav Klimt’s impressive waterscape Insel im Attersee (est. in the region of $45,000,000). This work, one of the first paintings by Klimt to be exhibited in America, will be offered at auction for the very first time.
Elsewhere is a vibrant Parisian scene by Vincent van Gogh, one of the most significant still lifes by Paul Gauguin to cross the auction block, from the collection of Ambroise Vollard, and Edward Hopper’s important Cobb’s Barn, South Truro being offered from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Leading the sculpture in this sale is Alberto Giacometti’s, Femme Leoni, a masterpiece of the artist’s post-war artistic production while making its auction debut is Isamu Noguchi’s monumental group: The Family, one of the artist’s most ambitious and significant commissions.
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