The last time a major work by 19th century master Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema came to auction, it sold for a whopping $35.9 million, more than seven times its $3-$5m estimate. Given that 2010 result, it’s hardly surprising that another Alma-Tadema, “The Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra: 41 B.C.,” is heading toward the block. At Sotheby’s sale of 19th century European Art on May 5 in New York, it will carry an estimate of $3-$5m – exactly the same as the canvas that caused such a stir last year.
The sale also includes a major work by William Bouguereau, “Les Oranges,” (est. $1.4-$1.8m), and Jules Breton’s “Jeune Fille Gardant Les Vaches” ($1-$1.5m), as well as paintings by Corot, Jean Richard Goubie, and Fernand Pelez and Studio.
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