LONDON - Three sketches by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt are among the highlights of a Bonhams' auction in London Tuesday.
This year marks 150 years since Klimt was born near
Vienna. He is best for his painting "The Kiss," but his sketches are
also highly sought after.
These three sketches were purchased by a South African art collector in
1982. The top lot of a female nude holding a baby is expected to sell
for between $48,000 and $81,000 when it goes under the hammer on
But Bonham's specialist of impressionist and modern art sales says the figure could be much higher.
"There has been a lot of interest," Ruth Graham, with Bonham's London,
said. "I mean traditionally his sketches can go for anything from around
8,000 right up to 500,000 just for the top results, for a very similar
work actually, for a reclining nude so we have just to see how it does