Sotheby’s London to Offer One of the Most Important Works by Egon Schiele Ever to Come to the Market

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LONDON.- On 22 June this year, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale one of the most important oils by celebrated Austrian artist Egon Schiele ever to come to the market. The painting – Häuser mit bunter Wäsche,“Vorstadt” II of 1914 – ranks among just a small number of significant cityscapes by Schiele remaining in private hands. Having been acquired – in the year it was painted – by Schiele’s friend and greatest patron Heinrich Böhler, the painting was subsequently sold by Böhler’s widow in 1952 to Rudolf Leopold, founder of the Leopold Museum in Vienna, which boasts a pre-eminent collection of Austrian 20th-century art. The work now comes to the market for the first time, with an estimate of £22-30 million/ $36-50 million.* Helena Newman, Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, Sotheby’s Europe, said: “We are thrilled to be offe