Encouraged by the results of its Old Masters sale last month in London, which saw a lot of bidding from Asia and new markets, Christie’s is anticipating keen international interest in its massive, two-day European Masters sale in New York, beginning on January 26. Over 300 examples of 14th-19th century art will be offered, including a scene of Venice by Luca Carlevarijs (1663-1739) that’s expected to fetch $3.5-$4.5 million.
Seeding the ground, Christie’s previewed highlights of the sale for Asian collectors at its series of Hong Kong auctions last November. One of the works shown was Jean-Leon Gerome’s “Master of the Hounds,” which is expected to fetch $700,000 to $1 million. An even higher value is anticipated for Canaletto’s “View of Mestre,” which is estimated at $2.5-$3.5 million.
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