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MARCH 24-25

Im­por­tant Spring

Es­tates Auc­tion

$1.6 mil­lion

One of the largest and most im­por­tant works of New Or­leans artist Alexan­der

John Drys­dale crossed the block dur­ing Neal Auc­tion Com­pany’s two-day Im­por­tant Spring Es­tates Auc­tion this March 24 and 25.The scene, ti­tled Mon­u­men­tal Louisiana Bayou with Live Oaks, Cy­press and Cabin, mea­sured 47 by 71 inches.the paint­ing is no­table be­cause the only other known works of this mag­ni­tude by the artist were those com­mis­sioned for

Weiss fam­ily’s din­ing room in their St. Charles Av­enue Mel­rose Plan­ta­tion in Natchi­toches, Louisiana, were also note­wor­thy.the plan­ta­tion was pur­chased in 1884 by Joseph Henry, whose daugh­ter-in-law trans­formed it into a place for artists and writ­ers to con­vene. The An­nun­ci­a­tion and the Ado­ra­tion of the Wise Men, 1957, was the top earner of the trio sell­ing for $70,150 against a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $20,000 to $30,000.The next high­est piece was the 1959 paint­ing The Cot­ton Cru­ci­fix­ion (est. $15/25,000) at $47,580, while Har­vest­ing Gourds near the Africa House and Wash Day near the Ghana House, Mel­rose Plan­ta­tion (est. $20/30,000) brought $25,620.

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