- Title: USA: TISSOT PAINTING SELLS FOR OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS
- Date: 12th October 1994
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 12, 1994) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV VARIOUS OF PAINTING "GARDEN BENCH" BY JAMES JACQUES JOSEPH TISSOT ON DISPLAY (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. SCU SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK, BENJAMIN DOLLER SPEAKING (ENGLISH) 0.39 3. CU VARIOUS VIEWS OF PAINTING SHOWING DIFFERENT DETAILS (4 SHOTS) 1.06 SEQUENCE 2 TRANSCRIPT: DOLLER :"THE PICTURE HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSIDERED THE ARTIST'S MASTERPIECE. HE'S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS OF THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY, BECAUSE IT'S A HOMAGE TO HIS GREAT LOVE, SHOWS HER WITH HER CHILDREN AND HER NEPHEW, IT ONLY WAS REALLY SOUGHT AFTER BY VICTORIAN COLLECTORS AND THERE HAPPEN TO BE RIGHT NOW 5 OR 6 MAJOR COLLECTORS OF VICTORIAN PICTURES LOOKING FOR GREAT PAINTINGS" Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 27th October 1994 12:00
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA1DO5OTUVDDOA6DGVVS0HNQPIJ
- Story Text: An anonymous buyer paid a record price of 5,282,500 United States (U.S.) dollars on Wednesday (October 12) for a painting by the 19th century French artist James Jacques Joseph Tissot.
The painting, "Garden Bench" is considered to be the artist's finest work. It drew international interest at Sotheby's New York sale rooms and five telephone bidders were in competition to buy it at the auction.
The previous record for a painting by Tissot was 2,970,000 U.S.
dollars for his work "The Orphan," which was sold in February 1993.
The work sold on Wednesday depicts Tissot's mistress, Kathleen Newton, with her nieces and nephew. It was exhibited briefly in Paris in 1883 and again in 1885.
It subsequently disappeared from public view until the death of Tissot's niece in 1964, when the contents of the Frenchman's chateau were sold.
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