Two horses painting on offer at an upcoming Christie’s auction in New York are each expected to fetch up to $US3.5 million.
The paintings, by Marc Chagall and Edvard Munch, are being offered at Christie’s impressionist and modern sale on November 5.
A horse sculpture cast in bronze from a wax model by Edgar Degas is also going under the hammer, with a pre-auction estimate of $US400,000 to $US600,000.
The Chagall work, entitled Au Cirque, carries a pre-auction estimate of $US2.5 million to $US3.5 million.
The oil on canvas, measuring 43¼in by 48¼in (109.8cm by 122.5cm), was painted in 1976.
More information on the image, showing a rider atop a circus horse, can be read here.
The Munch work, entitled Hest I Landskap, is also an oil on canvas. It measures 26¾in by 35in (68cm x 90.5cm) and was painted in 1912.
More information on the work is available here.
The Degas bronze, standing 11.5in (29.2cm) and entitled Cheval arrêté, is one of 15 equine statues that Degas modeled in wax between 1865 and 1881. This bronze version was cast at a later date in an edition numbered A to T plus two casts reserved for the Degas heirs. More information can be found here.