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Sylvester Stallone's paintings in Christie's sale

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Christie’s New York has announced a sale of 19th century European paintings, including four owned by Sylvester Stallone.The sale will present examples of the classic tradition of Europe as well as Orientalist, sporting and maritime paintings. Expected to be the most sought after piece in the sale is Giovanni Boldini’s 1905 Portrait of Marthe Regnier, which embodies Parisian chic during the Belle Époque.The painting was characteristic of Boldini’s eloquent and detailed style and is estimated to sell between $2-$3 million.

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Another notable painting in the sale is the 1853 oil on canvas La famille du saltimbanque l’enfant blesse by French artist Gustave Dore. This painting successfully combines Romanticism, Realism, and Symbolism styles and is expected to sell between $50,000 and $70,000. The Stallone pieces include O Salutaris Hostia by George Wolliscroft Rhead, who was a central figure of the English Arts and Crafts movement that arose from the Pre-Raphaelites and is expected to sell between $30,000 and $50,000.

Also offered for sale are six different sketches by leading 20th century maritime artist Montague Dawson. Three of Dawson’s sketches are owned by aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman including one riveting piece titled Taking a Northwester: the Thermopylae that is expected to sell between $180,000 and $220,000. The auction will be held October 12th at Christie’s New York (20 Rockefeller Plaza) (212) 473-3699, with a viewing from October 8th through 11th.

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