Rediscovered Rothko to Highlight Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

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NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the auction of a previously undocumented masterpiece by the great Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko (1903-1970), to be offered as the highlight of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie’s New York on May 11, 2011. The boldly colored 1961 painting Untitled #17 (oil on canvas, 93 x 76 in.) comes to auction with an estimate of $18,000,000-22,000,000. The present owner of Untitled #17 acquired the work directly from Rothko, and the work has remained in private hands since 1965. It is one of only ten paintings that have come to light since the Rothko catalogue raisonné was published in 1998. The discovered work will be included in the supplement to the catalogue raisonné. David Anfam, author of the catalogue raisonné, Mark Rothko The Works on Canvas, has