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Record-breaking Magritte Masterpiece Leads Sotheby’s $315.4 Million Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art

Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art saw René Magritte’s portrait of patron Edward James, Le Principe du Plaisir (The Principle of Pleasure) (1937), fetch $26.9 million—a new world auction record for the artist. The portrait of one of the most influential patrons of surrealist art—introduced to Magritte by Salvador Dalí in 1937—well exceeded its highest pre-sale estimate of $20 million, after a bidding battle between seven collectors. Commissioned by James himself, the work...

René Magritte: A Surreal Journey

Arts & Collections takes you on a surreal journey through the life and magical works of renowned artist René Magritte. René Magritte (1898 –1967) was a Belgian artist, best known for his thought-provoking and sometimes comical Surrealist works. Magritte was struck by tragedy at a young age, with the suicide of his mother in 1912. Born the son of a wealthy manufacturer, Magritte quickly realised his love for the arts and decided to study at...

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