18th century British artist George Stubbs was known for his renderings of rural aristocratic life, and particularly his genius in depicting animals. “Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath,” his 1765 painting of a famous racehorse, is considered one of his best. At Christie’s Old Masters & British paintings sale next week, it’s estimated to sell for $32m-$48m.
Christie’s expectations are also high for two Gainsborough portraits in the sale. His large-scale painting of Mrs. William Villebois carries an estimate of $6.4m-$9.6m, and his similarly large portrait of Colonel John Bullock is expected to sell for $5.6m-$8m. Among the other high-valued offerings are a nude by Michelangelo Buonarroti (est. $4.8-$8m), a Madonna and child portrait by Andrew del Sarto (est. $3.9-$5.6m), and a triptych by Taddeo Gaddi ($1.9-$2.9m).
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