Cezanne, Klimt, Giacometti star in Sotheby's sale

Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:50pm EST
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By Alexander Clare

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Paintings by Paul Cezanne and Gustav Klimt alongside a rare bronze from Italian sculptor Alberto Giacometti will form the star lots at a Sotheby's auction in London next month.

International auction house Sotheby's said its Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on February 3 will be the first ever London sale of its kind to include three works individually estimated to realize more than 10 million pounds ($16.11 million) each.

The auction will also feature paintings by Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte and Joan Miro among others, while sculptures on offer will include two works by Henry Moore.

Melanie Clore, Co-Chairman of Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art Department Worldwide, said that such pieces stirred an inexplicable passion inside the avid art collector.

"It's like falling in love," she said. "There's nothing rational about why you fall in love."

Cezanne's still-life "Pichet et fruits sur une table," painted in 1893-94, has been given an estimate of 10-15 million pounds and dates from the period when Cezanne's mastery of the still-life was at its height.

Sotheby's gave Klimt's "Kirche in Cassone (Landschaft mit Zypressen)" (Church in Cassone-Landscape with Cypresses) an estimate of 12-18 million pounds. Painted in 1913 it is the only surviving example of the artist's work depicting Lake Garda in Italy.

The painting was once owned by Austro-Hungarian iron magnate and collector Viktor Zuckerkandl (1851-1927) and his wife Paula and went missing in Vienna during the Nazi period, resurfacing several decades later.   Continued...