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Masterwork by Yves Klein to Be Sold at Sotheby’s in London

LONDON.- Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Evening Sale on Monday, 28 June, 2010 will be spearheaded by a remarkable Yves Klein work, “RE 49, Relief Eponge Bleu”, which comes to auction from the collection HypoVereinsbank. This work is one of exceptionally few large-scale blue “Relief Eponge” works remaining in private hands and was created at the climax of Klein’s artistic career. The painting will be offered for sale with an estimate of £4.5-6.5 million. Discussing the work, Cheyenne Westphal, Sotheby’s Chairman of Contemporary Art Europe, commented: “We are honoured to be offering in our June Contemporary Art Evening Sale this rare and stunning work, which showcases Yves Klein’s boundless creativity and cements his position as one of the great artists of the 20th century. Executed just before his untimely death in 1962, Klein’s extraordinary sponge reliefs represent the culmination