Do you have a spare thirty-three million dollars sitting around? If so, you might be able to exchange that piece of change for a George Stubbs masterpiece on July 5.
Christie’s of London plans to sell “Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, With a Trainer, A Stable Lad, And A Jockey,” and that’s their estimate of the painting’s value. You’ll need a large wall upon which to hang it, though. It measures more than six feet by three feet.
According to John Stainton, senior director of British pictures at Christie’s, this is “one of the finest sporting pictures ever painted.” It last sold for 12,600 pounds in 1951 and is being sold now by the owners of the Woolvington Collection of sporting art.
Posted April 9, 2011