Sotheby's American Sale Cruises Past Estimates
Leading the sale was John Singer Sargent’s Marionettes from 1907, which achieved $5,205,000. The highly personal painting remained in the artist’s collection for more than 20 years before descending through his family to the owner who offered the work. There were six paintings by Norman Rockwell in the sale and they performed well totaling $6,500,000, more than double its pre-sale estimate of $3 million. Other highlights didn't just perform well, they blew their pre-sale estimates away. A gouache by Max Weber, Soloist at Wanamaker's, sold for $112,500 compared to a low estimate of $15,000. William Keith's 1876 Yosemite Valley scene crushed his previous auction record of $192,000 by selling for $755,000 compared to a $70,000 low estimate.