Christie’s Two-Part Sale of Old Master & 19th Century Art Totals a Combined $36,671,625

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NEW YORK (REUTERS).- An iconic 19th-Century painting depicting an Ottoman Empire reserve soldier and his hunting dogs sold for $1.65 million on Wednesday at Christie’s Old Master and 19th-Century paintings auction. “Master of the Hounds,” by Jean Leon Gerome, had generated significant buzz during exhibitions due to the reviving popularity of Orientalist art, Christie’s said. It had been estimated to sell for between $700,000 and $1 million. Several bidders competed for the diminutive work, which measures only 13 inches by 9-3/4 inches, effectively doubling the expected price. The sale’s top lot, as expected, was “View of the Molo, Venice, looking West”, by 18th Century painter Luca Carlevarijs which sold for just over $4 million, in the middle of the estimate range and a new record for the artist. The first session of the two-part sale took in just over $28 million, short of the $39.8 million pre-sale estimate. Nearly two-th