Rare Sargent painting coming to NYC auction
NEW YORK — A rare painting by American artist John Singer Sargent is coming to a New York City auction.
“Marionettes,” painted in 1903, could bring between $5 million and $7 million in Sotheby's May 22 sale.
Sargent kept the work until his death in 1925. It then passed through his descendants to the current owner.
The painting depicts a group of men from an Italian-American community in Philadelphia performing Sicilian puppet theater.
It's being sold as part of the American Art auction. All the works will be in Sotheby's beginning May 18.
The sale coincides with an exhibition of Sargent's watercolors at the Brooklyn Museum.
Sargent's “Group with Parasols” holds the auction record for the artist. It sold in 2004 for $23.5 million.
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