Property from a Distinguished East Coast Collection to Be Auctioned at Sotheby’s

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NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announces that it will offer Property from a Distinguished East Coast Collection in a series of sales in New York through 2011. Assembled over several decades, the Collection offers both diversity and depth, holding important examples from Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary periods, with a special focus on Latin American art and American painting. Impressionist and Modern works from the Collection are led by Kees van Dongen’s Portrait de Mrs. Jean McKelvie Sclater-Booth, a prime example of the artist’s fashionable portraits of society Doyennes that synthesized all that was chic and desirable during the 1920s (est. $1/1.5 million**). To have a portrait painted by van Dongen was a coveted status symbol for the most fashionable women of the era, and the present work shows the svelte Mrs. Jean McKelvie Sclater Booth at her glamorous best – bejeweled, wearing the latest gown and spo