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AP Exclusive: Unusual Magritte could hit $17.5M at auction

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/6/2017

LONDON (AP) — One of the largest paintings by Surrealist master Rene Magritte could set a record for the artist when it is goes up for sale with an estimated price of 14 million pounds ($17.5 million).

Christie's auction house told The Associated Press Monday that it will offer "La Corde Sensible" ("Heartstrings") in London on Feb. 28. It will go on display at Christie's London showroom Feb. 23.

The Belgian artist painted the image of a crystal Champagne glass topped with a frothy crown of clouds in a mountainous landscape in 1960 and gave it to his wife as a gift. The couple later sold it, and it has been in a private Belgian collection since 1990.

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