A sketch drawn by Edgar Degas as a preparatory study for one of his pastels is expected to fetch up to £120,000 in an upcoming Christie’s sale of impressionist and modern works on paper.
“Jockeys (Trois Études)” will be offered at the London auction on June 19.
In a letter dated March 25, 2007, Professor Theodore Reff confirms that, in his opinion, the sketch is an authentic work by Edgar Degas.
It is a preparatory study for Degas’ pastel, “Avant La Course” (pictured below), held by the the Cleveland Museum of Art.
It was bought by French collector Henri Lerolle, a close friend of the artist.
When Degas was working toward the pastel, he made some drawings with the interpretation of the jockeys in mind, which he erased in the final version. One of these is the work up for auction.
Two Raoul Dufy works are also on offer. One, entitled “Chevaux Et Jockeys Sur La Pelouse,” is expected to fetch £80,000 to £120,000.
His “La Pelouse À Epsom” carries a pre-auction estimate of £50,000 to £70,000.