For forty years, the storied collection of the late Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard sat forgotten in a bank vault. For another thirty-one years since its discovery in 1979, the collection, which includes works by Cezanne, Degas, Matisse, Picasso and Derain, has been the subject of litigation. Now Sotheby’s will finally auction 140 of Vollard’s pieces in London and Paris in late June.
Andre Derain’s 1905 painting, “Arbres A Collioure” is expected to be top seller, with an estimate of $14 to $22 million. Among other notable offerings are Cezanne’s “PortraitÂ d’Emile Zola (1862-64), which carries an estimate of $667,000 to $1.07 million, and a Picasso etching “Le Repas frugal,” which is expected to bring between $336,000-$534,000. In all, Sotheby’s anticipates the two auctions will bring in $24 million.
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