London, 8 June 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA).
Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale will take place on 22 June 2011. The auction will feature a selection of extremely rare, high-quality works, many of which have been in private collections and never been shown to the public.
Items on sale include L’Empire des Lumières by René Magritte, a monumental work by Joan Miro and a rare painting by Paul Klee. A sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, entitled Trois Hommes qui marchent II has been estimated at ten to fifteen million pounds and a daring painting by Pablo Picasso, Le Baiser, at six to eight million pounds. The sale will conclude with one of the most impressive works by Egon Schiele ever to appear at a public auction, Häuser mit bunter Wäsche (Vorstadt II). The oil painting has been valued at 22 M£ to 30 M£. It is expected that the sale will total 77 M£.
“The sale will appeal to a wide and very international audience. It presents a great opportunity for collectors to acquire some exceptional works, many of which are fresh to the market, having been in the same collections for many years. The selection, which ranges from Rodin through to late Picasso, brings to the market many works of museum quality, led by a magnificent Schiele cityscape from the prestigious Leopold Museum collection,” said Helena Newman, chairman of Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art section, as quoted in Art Daily.