Sargent -- American
Oil on canvas
81.9 x 46.3
cm (32 1/4
x 18 1/4 in.)
Sale from Pamela Harriman
the late U.S. ambassador to France.
Interactive "History on the auction block with Harriman estate";
oil painting by John Singer Sargent, fetched $1.43 million, the highest
bid at Sotheby's on Monday night. Its presale estimate was $750,000 to
"There were clearly a
lot of people
bidding tonight who knew her and wanted to own something that she
said Diana Brooks, Sotheby's president.
Bidders showed interest
from the powerful political figures surrounding the former
including her first father-in-law, Sir Winston Churchill, and her third
husband, former New York Gov. Averell Harriman.