On Dec 4, the highlight of Cristie’s Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture was supposed to be the 10 deaccessioned paintings from the famous museum: Corcoran Museum of Art in DC, including big names such as George Inness and Thomas Cole.
The decision was made much earlier when the market melt down was not significant. And the reasons for selling are various. But from the yesterday’s result, the paintings by Inness, Cole, Harnett, and Homer were NOT listed. Were they withdrawn or sold privately? Most of the paintings were sold without a surprise and a few (including one by Stuart also from Corcoran Gallery) were sold well under low estimation.
Those which were listed in the catalog but are missed in the result list have highest estimated prices in the whole auction.