Christie's auctioned a collection of impressionist works worth over $200 million
Twenty-five impressionist works worth over $200 million, including canvases by Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, will go under the hammer. It was reported by the auction house Christie’s, which intends to hold an auction in November-December.
The lots will be offered to collectors in November during the auction, entitled “The Cox Family Collection: a History of Impressionism”. As noted by Christie’s, they are dedicated to “one of the most significant American collections ever to appear on the market.” The auction house describes businessman, collector and philanthropist Edwin Lockridge Cox as “not only a true visionary of American energy, but also a patron of some of the most important cultural institutions in the United States.”
“This may be one of the finest collections of Impressionist art ever offered at auction. This auction will be a milestone in auction history and a unique opportunity for any collector or museum to add to their collection,” commented Adrian Meyer, director of private sales and co-chairman of Christie’s Impressionist and Modernist Art Department, about the upcoming auction.
One of the top lots at the auction is a work by Caillebotte (1848-1894) “Young Man at His Window” with an estimate of over $50 million. This 1876 canvas depicts the artist’s brother René Caillebotte standing at the window of the family apartment, located in the eighth arrondissement of Paris. Van Gogh’s (1853-1890) “Huts Surrounded by Olive Trees and Cypresses” from 1889 is valued at over $40 million, and Cézanne’s (1839-1906) landscape “L’Estaque with Red Roofs,” painted around 1883-1885, is valued at $35-55 million.