Katya Kazakina describes some of the works from Edgar Bronfman’s estate that Christie’s hopes will bring $34m this May:
Most of the works being sold by Bronfman’s estate used to be displayed in his Fifth Avenue penthouse in New York, Christie’s said. The co-op apartment, with a wrap-around terrace, is on the market with an asking price of $65 million. The record for the city’s priciest co-op was established two years ago when Howard Marks, chairman and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Group LLC, paid $52.5 million for a Park Avenue duplex.
Picasso’s 1965 painting “Mangeuse de Pasteque et Homme Ecrivant,” depicting a nude woman biting into a watermelon slice next to a fully dressed man writing, may sell for $7 million to $10 million, Christie’s said. Matisse’s 1920 seascape of Nice, France, seen through a window, “Femme Aupres de la Fenetre,” is estimated at $3 million to $5 million, according to the auction company. The same range is attached to Austrian painter Egon Schiele’s 1911 watercolor and gouache portrait of a young naked girl. Monet’s 1878 oil painting “L’Escalier,” showing a staircase, may bring $1.5 million to $2.5 million.