Van Gogh painting could bring up to $70M at Sotheby's

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Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — A Vincent van Gogh painting is poised to bring as much as $70 million at Sotheby's on Thursday, a day after the auction house sold $377 million worth art from the estate of its late former owner.

The fall art auction season got underway Wednesday evening with Sotheby's selling 77 works from the A. Alfred Taubman collection. The auction house said nearly 90 percent of the works were sold.

At a day sale Thursday, Sotheby's was featuring an additional 122 additional works from the Taubman collection. Two additional dedicated Taubman sales are scheduled, and the auction house estimated the total value of the collection at $500 million.

On Thursday evening, Sotheby's was offering impressionist and modern artworks from other collections including the van Gogh.

The highlights of the evening sale:

"Landscape Under a Stormy Sky," by Vincent van Gogh.

Presale estimate: $50 million to $70 million.

Notable: The current van Gogh auction record is $82.5 million. The painting depicts a meadow under threat of a storm and was created in 1889 two months before van Gogh painted his most celebrated work, "The Starry Night," and a year before his death.

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"Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval)," by Kazimir Malevich.

Pre-sale estimate: $35 million to $45 million.

Notable: The 1920-1922 painting was given to the artist's heirs after residing in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam for 50 years.

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"The Nightclub Singer," by Pablo Picasso.

Pre-sale estimate: $60 million.

Notable: The 1901 nude portrait painted in oil is from Picasso's Blue Period. It has the added allure of having a second picture on the reverse side, a discovery made during a 2000 conservation. It depicts a bawdy picture of Picasso's dealer, Pere Manach, and includes an inscription indicating it was intended as a gift to him. The seller is billionaire businessman William Koch, a 1992 America's Cup winner and brother of conservative political donors Charles and David Koch.

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"Water Lilies," by Claude Monet.

Pre-sale estimate: $30 million to $50 million.

Notable: Monet's beloved garden in Giverny, France, is the inspiration for the 1908 oil on canvas, a subject he painted often. The work also is owned by Koch.

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Online: www.Sothebys.com