Un­usual Magritte could hit $17.5M at auc­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E -

One of the largest paint­ings by Sur­re­al­ist master Rene Magritte could set a record for the artist when it is goes up for sale with an es­ti­mated price of 14 mil­lion pounds ($17.5 mil­lion). Christie’s auc­tion house told The Associated Press Mon­day that it will of­fer “La Corde Sen­si­ble” (“Heart­strings”) in Lon­don on Feb. 28. It will go on dis­play at Christie’s Lon­don show­room Feb. 23. The Bel­gian artist painted the im­age of a crys­tal Cham­pagne glass topped with a frothy crown of clouds in a moun­tain­ous land­scape in 1960 and gave it to his wife as a gift. The cou­ple later sold it, and it has been in a pri­vate Bel­gian col­lec­tion since 1990. At al­most 4 feet by 5 feet it’s one of Magritte’s largest oil paint­ings. It fea­tures a play­ful vis­ual jux­ta­po­si­tion shared by his more fa­mous im­ages of bowler hats and pipes. But Christie’s deputy chair­man of Im­pres­sion­ist and mod­ern art, Olivier Camu, said the paint­ing’s com­po­si­tion of cloud and glass is unique in Magritte’s work. He said the paint­ing “is the most strik­ing paint­ing by Magritte that we have sold at auc­tion” since the 2002 sale of “The Do­min­ion of Lights.” That sold for al­most $12.7 mil­lion, then a record for the artist. In 2014, ri­val auc­tion­eer Sotheby’s sold Magritte’s “Le Beau Monde” for 7.9 mil­lion pounds — $12.9 mil­lion at the time.

BEBETO MATTHEWS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

One of the largest and most un­usual paint­ings by sur­re­al­ist master Rene Magritte, "La Corde Sen­si­ble" ("Heart­strings"), will be up for sale Feb. 28.

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