A sculpture by French Impressionist Edgar Degas sold for 13.3 million pounds ($19 million) Tuesday at Sotheby’s auction house in London.
Degas’ “Petite danseuse de quatorze ans” or “Little 14-year-old dancer,” a bronze depicting a young ballerina with her chin tilted up and hands clasped behind her back, was bought by a private bidder from Asia.
Sotheby’s said the sale price is the highest ever paid for a Degas statue — the previous record was $12.3 million at Sotheby’s in New York in 1999.
The sculpture is one of the highlights of Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist and modern art on Tuesday.
Other works for sale include Amedeo Modigliani’s oil painting “Cariatide.” It is expected to sell for between 6 million and 8 million pounds. “Strassenszene” or “Street Scene” by German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is estimated to sell for 5 million to 7 million pounds.