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  • AN ICONIC FLOWER PAINTING BY GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

    Georgia O'Keeffe - White Calla Lily.

    Georgia O’Keeffe – White Calla Lily.  UPDATE: IT MADE $8,968,000

    An iconic flower painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, White Calla Lily, will lead Sotheby’s  American art auction in New York on May 20.  the artist kept the work in her own collection until her death in 1986.

    Between 1918 and 1932 O’Keeffe executed over 200 flower paintings, but it was arguably in the calla lily that the artist found her ideal motif, one that provided the perfect synthesis of subject and form that now defines her most celebrated work. White Calla Lily was acquired by the present owner in 1994 from Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has not been shown in public since. It is estimated at $8-12 million.

    The sale will feature 21 works by Martin Johnson Heade, Maxfield Parrish, Childe Hassam and more from a private collection, four paintings by Milton Avery and four works on paper by John Singer Sargent.

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $8,968,000.  White Calla Lily follows the sale of Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 for $44.4 million in Sotheby’s previous sale of American Art (November 2014), which set the current auction record for O’Keeffe as well as for any female artist

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