Sotheby's New York auction of American Art on 17 May 2012 will be led by major works from Edward Hopper,George Bellows and Childe Hassam. The auction will be on exhibition in Sotheby's York Avenue galleries beginning 12 May.
Hopper's Bridle Path from 1939 (est._$5/7 million*) is the first oil by the artist to appear at auction since Sotheby's 2006 sale of Hotel Window, which realized $26.8 million: the current auction record for the artist. George Bellows's Tennis at Newport from 1920 is a brilliant example of his celebrated American sporting scenes (est. $5/7 million). In addition, the sale will be highlighted by a recently rediscovered work by Childe Hassam, as well as Western art from the Estate of Theodore J. Forstmann and the Collection of Margie and Robert E. Peterson.
The artist featured New York in a small number of additional works that he completed in the city - this group includes New York Movie, finished four months prior to the present work, which is currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Bridle Path is on offer from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is being sold to benefit the acquisitions program.