Art World StunnedMarch 31, 2008
NEW YORK CITY – Christie’s and The Haus von Easy Art Foundation announced that – with great reluctance – they will withdraw the magnificent Blue Period Portrait Anemi von Easy, 1903, that had been scheduled for sale at Christie’s New York sale of Impressionist and Modern Art this evening. The joint decision was the result of 11th-hour sentiment that Christie’s and the Foundation believe such a work belongs to the world at large, rather than in the hands of a private collector.
The painting is arguably one of the most important of this period in the artist’s oeuvre and is estimated at $40 – 60 million (£22 – 33 million). The portrait was to be offered by The Haus von Easy Art Foundation with proceeds benefiting a variety of charitable purposes. Anemi Easy would have made no personal gain from the sale. “This is a sad day for the private art community,” said Sarah Jackson, Historic Art & Research Director, The Art Register. “As the leading database for stolen and looted Nazi era art, we believe, however, art patrons throughout the world will be greatly served by this masterpiece being widely exhibited.”
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