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JMW Turner painting could fetch $30 million at auction

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/30/2017
Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house adjust an oil painting entitled ' Ehrenbreitstein' (1835), by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house adjust an oil painting entitled ' Ehrenbreitstein' (1835), by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — A German landscape by the quintessentially English painter J.M.W. Turner could fetch 25 million pounds ($31.2 million) when it is auctioned next month.

Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house pose for the media in front of a display of works by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house pose for the media in front of a display of works by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sotheby's auction house says "Ehrenbreitstein" is one of the greatest works by the artist still in private hands. Painted in 1835, it depicts a ruined fortress on the Rhine in western Germany.

Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house move an oil painting entitled ' entitled 'Kilchurn Castle, with the Cruchan Ben Mountains, Scotland -Noon', by the artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house move an oil painting entitled ' entitled 'Kilchurn Castle, with the Cruchan Ben Mountains, Scotland -Noon', by the artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The painting will be up for sale in London Wednesday, with an estimated price of 15 million pounds to 25 million pounds ($18.7 million to $31.2 million).

Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house wait next to an oil painting entitled ' Ehrenbreitstein' (1835), by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house wait next to an oil painting entitled ' Ehrenbreitstein' (1835), by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Turner is renowned for moody landscapes and seascapes that prefigured the Impressionist movement. Sotheby's British paintings specialist Julian Gascoigne said Friday that the artist "revolutionized the way we perceive the painted image."

Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house move easels and plinths near to an oil painting entitled ' Ehrenbreitstein' (1835), by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of staff at Sotheby's auction house move easels and plinths near to an oil painting entitled ' Ehrenbreitstein' (1835), by British artist J.M.W.Turner, in London, Friday, June 30, 2017. The painting is expected to be sold for some 15-25 million pounds, (US$18.7-31.2 million, euro 17.3-28.9 million) when sold at auction on July 5. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Turner's "Rome, from Mount Aventine" sold for 30 million pounds (then $47 million) in 2014.

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