Woman (Study for Marilyn Monroe), an original pastel and mixed media on paper by Willem de Kooning, is the expected top lot at an upcoming auction and could bring $900,000. The auctioneer is Ahlers & Ogletree of Atlanta.
The unframed work, done circa 1950s possibly served as a study for another de Kooning classic, Marilyn Monroe (1954). That work is currently housed at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, N.Y. The signed pastel being sold was shown last year at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Another lot expected to hit or exceed $100,000 is an Old Master oil on canvas portrait titled Portrait of Archbishop Laud, from the studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck.
Works by American painters will include an 1871 oil on canvas signed by the Hudson River School artist William Sonntag titled Mountain Vista, and an oil on canvas by Emil Carlsen titled Still Life With Silver Goblet & Flowers.