Wooden bust by Gaugin sets record

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

A rare wooden bust by Paul Gauguin has been sold at auction in New York for $11.2 million, setting a record for a sculpture by the French artist. The “Jeune Tahitienne” sculpture dates from Gauguin’s visit to Tahiti between 1890 and 1893, a period from which only a handful of sculptures have survived. Sotheby’s said the previous record price for a Gauguin sculpture was $1.4 million.

The latest auction coincides with the “Gauguin: Maker of Myth” exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It is the first major exhibition of the artist’s career in the United States in about 20 years.

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