An $11-million art collection from the estate of composer Richard Rodgers and his wife, Dorothy, will be offered for sale this fall in three Christie's New York auctions.
Twenty-six of the most valuable pieces, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse valued at a total of $10 million, will go on the block Nov. 11. The most expensive item is Picasso's 1914 Cubist painting "Guitar and Newspaper," valued at $3 million to $4 million. Another Picasso, "The Spanish Dancer," painted in 1901 when the artist was 20, is estimated to sell for $1.8 million to $2.5 million.
The auction house also expects Maurice de Vlaminck's 1907 "Still Life" to hit the million-dollar mark. The Fauvist painting, portraying a bird's-eye view of swirling drapery, pottery and a vase of flowers on a table, is estimated to sell for $1 million to $1.5 million. Other paintings in the sale include a portrait of a young girl by Renoir and still-lifes by Matisse and Pierre Bonnard. Works on paper and sculpture also will be offered.
The remaining $1-million worth of the art will be put up for auction in contemporary art sales Nov. 18 and 19, and in an auction of antiquities Dec. 15.