Highlights include: Willem de Kooning Untitled X Oil on canvas 77 by 88 in. Executed in 1975 Estimate $8/12 million.Courtesy Sotheby's. Willem de Kooning’s Untitled X, a stunning example from the group of works created in 1975 that marked the artist’s transition from a period of radical experimentation to the lush abstracts which are among his most celebrated and sought after works today;
Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait Signed, titled and dated 1981 on the reverse. Oil and dry transfer lettering on canvas, 78 by 58 in. Executed in 1981. Estimate $12/18 million. Courtesy Sotheby's.Francis Bacon’s Study for Portrait, the last of the artist’s famed portraits of his lover and muse George Dyer (pictured left, estimate $12/18 million); he most comprehensive group of late works by Philip Guston ever to appear at auction, including Legs, Rug, Floor from 1976 (estimate $6/8 million) and Red Sky from 1978 (estimate $6/8 million); and signature portraits by Frank Auerbarch depicting his wife Julia Wolstenhome and his friend Catherine Lampert.
Max Beckmann Liegender Akt in starker Verkürzung (Reclining Nude Sharply Foreshortened) Oil on canvas 29 by 21 in. Signed Beckmann and dated St. L. 48 lower left Executed in 1948 Estimate $3/5 million.Courtesy Sotheby's.