“The Shore of Lake Geneva” by French painter Gustave Courbet. The painting, that resurfaced 31 years after being stolen during a violent home invasion in Massachusetts, will be sold at Sotheby's in New York on May 17, 2012, as part of its American Art sale for an estimated $200,000 to $300,000. AP Photo/Sotheby's.
Two paintings that resurfaced 31 years after being stolen during a violent home invasion in Massachusetts will be auctioned in New York City next month.
“In the Sun” by American impressionist painter Childe Hassam will be sold at Sotheby’s on May 17 as part of its American Art sale for an estimated $1.5 million to $2.5 million, the auction house said Thursday.
The richly colored canvas, created in 1888, depicts a woman in a flower garden near Paris shielding her face from the sun with a fan.
The other work, “The Shore of Lake Geneva” by French artist Gustave Courbet, will be sold at Sotheby’s 19th Century European Art sale on May 4. The painting, which has a pre-sale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000, shows an empty lake beach against a stand of trees.
They were among three paintings pilfered on July 2, 1976, from a Shrewsbury, Mass., home. Three armed bandits tied up the owner, Mae Persky, and her nurse companion and caretaker before ransacking the house and also stealing the painting, “Lady as Shepherdess” by English artist William Hamilton.
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