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Staircase in Capri 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
 Private collection, London 
Oil on canvas 
81.9 x 46.3 cm (32 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.) 
Jpg: The Pragmatic Romanticist


Sale from Pamela Harriman estate, the late U.S. ambassador to France.  

CNN, Interactive "History on the auction block with Harriman estate"; May 20, 1997 

"Staircase in Capri," an oil painting by John Singer Sargent, fetched $1.43 million, the highest bid at Sotheby's on Monday night. Its presale estimate was $750,000 to $1 million.  

"There were clearly a lot of people bidding tonight who knew her and wanted to own something that she owned," said Diana Brooks, Sotheby's president.  

Bidders showed interest in momentoes from the powerful political figures surrounding the  former ambassador, including her first father-in-law, Sir Winston Churchill, and her third husband, former New York Gov. Averell Harriman. 


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