Magritte's Le Banquet auctioned for 16.7m euros in New York

The painting Le Banquet by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte sold for 18.14 million dollars (16.7 million euros) at Sotheby's in New York on Wednesday, the auction house announced.

Le Banquet, which measures 75.5cm by 121cm, dates from 1955 and depicts a nocturnal forest in which a red sun hangs. The artwork had been part of a large US private collection since November 2017,

Sotheby's experts had estimated the artwork's value at between 15 and 20 million dollars (14 to 18.5 million euros).

Two versions of Magritte's La Main heureuse were also sold at the same auction on Wednesday. They went for 1.27 million dollars (1.1 million euros) and 4.02 million dollars (3.7 million euros) respectively.

Magritte is popular with art collectors, with many of his paintings selling for millions of euros.



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