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2010-01-19 17:14:00

January 30-April 25, 2010 WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This winter, the Corcoran Gallery of Art will present Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales, organized by the American Federation of Arts and National Museum Wales. Turner to Cezanne features an outstanding group of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and works on paper from National Museum Wales, which has an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and...

2009-01-18 13:04:27

A painting by artist Joseph Mallord William Turner deemed a British national treasure will likely be exported to the United States, an official says. Independent Turner Society Chairman Selby Whittingham said the owners of Pope's Villa at Twickenham sold the Turner oil painting to a U.S. buyer since the more than $7.4 million needed to buy the national treasure is not available in Britain, The Sunday Times of London reported. Whittingham said British funds were taxed by the recent $74 million...

2006-04-06 17:28:24

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An 1841 Venetian landscape by J.M.W. Turner sold for $35.8 million on Thursday, becoming the most expensive British painting ever sold at auction, according to Christie's. The oil painting, "Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio," was purchased over the telephone by a private collector, the auction house said. The previous record for a British painting sold at auction was $21 million in 1990 for John Constable's "The Lock," and the highest previous...

2006-02-15 04:57:52

LONDON (Reuters) - An 1842 watercolor by JMW Turner could well set a saleroom record when it goes under the hammer in June, auctioneers Christie's said on Wednesday. The Blue Rigi: Lake of Lucerne is expected to fetch more than two million pounds ($3.47 million), putting it on target to beat the current record for a Turner watercolor on paper of 2.04 million pounds set in 2001 by Heidelberg with a Rainbow. It is also within striking distance of the world record for a British work of...

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