Edwin Cox’s Impressionist art collection for sale at Christie’s – ARTnews.com



Dallas oil magnate and philanthropist Edwin L. Cox’s Impressionist art collection will be sold at Christie’s in November. The set of 25 works, including paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Gustave Caillebotte, is expected to fetch $ 200 million. The sale will mark the first time that many of these works have been seen in public since before World War II.

Cox died at the age of 99 in November. The Texas billionaire has served on the boards of museums such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as those of oil industry companies such as LTV Corp. and Halliburton. Cox, a longtime GOP donor, also known as a major benefactor of Southern Methodist University, where he subscribed to a business school bearing his name.

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The oil tycoon began building his Impressionist collection around 50 years ago. “The Cox collection will be remembered as a milestone in the art market,” said Adrien Meyer, global head of private sales and president of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s, in a statement. “Most of the images will be seen as a unique opportunity for any collector or museum.”

Among the flagship pieces of the collection, let’s mention Caillebotte Young man at his window (Young Man at His Window), 1887, view of a man dressed in black looking out of a window. It is expected to gross over $ 50 million, and if it hits its low estimate, it will set a new record for the artist. Caillebotte’s current highest auction price was set in 2019, when Montant path (Rising Road), 1881, a sunny outdoor scene of a man and woman walking side by side, sold at Christie’s in London for $ 22.2 million.

by Van Gogh Wooden huts among olive trees and cypress trees (Wooden Huts Among Olive Trees and Cypress Trees), 1889, a landscape painting of a cluster of olive trees, is estimated at $ 40 million. Another landscape, that of Paul Cézanne L’Estaque with red roofs (Red Rooves of L’Estaque), 1883-1885, puts an estimate of 35 to 55 million dollars. Works by Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Édouard Vuillard are also expected to be offered at the auction, although details of these lots have not yet been revealed by Christie’s.

An additional decorative arts and furniture auction from the Cox Estate will be held online in December. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be used for unspecified “educational purposes”, Christie’s said.

The flagship pieces of the collection will tour Taipei, Tokyo and Hong Kong, followed by showcases for them in Christie’s homes in London and New York.



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