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A rare painting by Belgian surrealist René Magritte is expected to sell for more than $60 million at auction in March, a price that would break the artist’s auction record amid strong demand for surrealist art – and Magritte’s in particular. .

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,kingdom of lights, which depicts a house and surrounding trees in the dark of night, while the sky is illuminated by the sun, is billed by Sotheby’s as one of “the most desirable works of modern art in private hands”, because This is the largest painting of one of Magritte’s most popular series of works to come up at auction.

The painting is one of 17 in Magritte’s “Empire of Light” series—the other paintings in the series hang in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Menil collection in Houston, as well as a handful of European institutions and other private collections.

Sotheby’s estimates the painting will sell for more than $60 million, double that of Magritte’s painting Auction record of $26.8 million For “Le Principe du Plasir”, a surrealist painting that sold in 2018 (although art dealer Emmanuel di Donna pointed out art newspaper Magritte has pieces in 2018 sold for more in private).

While “L’empire des lumières” has only ever been in the Gillian Crouvet collection, it has been exhibited in museums around the world, most recently on loan for more than a decade to the Musée Magritte in Brussels.

will be painting go to performance Ahead of being auctioned on sale March 2 along with other modern and contemporary pieces at Sotheby’s branches in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and London.


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