One of the largest paintings by Surrealist master Rene Magritte could set a record for the artist when it is goes up for sale with an estimated price of 14 million pounds ($17.5 million). Magritte’s “La Corde Sensible” (“Heartstrings”) will be auctioned in London on Feb. 28, and will go on display at Christie’s London showroom Feb. 23. The image which depicts a crystal Champagne glass topped with a frothy crown of clouds in a mountainous landscape was painted in 1960 as a gift for his wife.
The couple later sold it, and it has been in a private Belgian collection since 1990.
At 114 centimeters by 146 centimeters (almost 4 feet by 5 feet) it’s one of Magritte’s largest oil paintings.
Christie’s deputy chairman Olivier Camu said the painting “is the most striking painting by Magritte that we have sold at auction” since the 2002 sale of “The Dominion of Lights.” That sold for almost $12.7 million, then a record for the artist. In 2014, rival auctioneer Sotheby’s sold Magritte’s “Le Beau Monde” for 7.9 million pounds – $12.9 million at the time.