Manet’s first version of The Bar at the Folies Bergere comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London on June 24. Depicting one of his most iconic subjects Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère of 1881 by Édouard Manet is estimated at £15-20 million. The painting remained in the artist’s personal collection up until his death, after which it went to his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. It was shown to the public in 1905 in the now legendary exhibition at the Grafton Galleries, London, which introduced the British public to Impressionism. Since then the work has been exhibited extensively internationally and most recently featured as one of the highlights of the National Gallery’s blockbuster exhibition in London Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market.
The second and final version of the work is at The Courtauld Institute in London.
UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £16.9 MILLION. The same work made £4.4 million when sold at Sotheby’s in 1994.