At Auction: A Canaletto
New Horse Guards from St James’s Park by Italian artist Canaletto (1697–1768), a rare view of the London landmark under construction in 1753, is being sold by one of Europe’s largest auction houses, Dorotheum in Vienna, on October 17, 2012. The work is estimated to sell for €2 to 3 million.
In the foreground of the painting is Horse Guards Parade, where monarchs traditionally take the salute at the Trooping the Colour ceremony on their official birthday. This vast parade ground has recently become more recognizable throughout the world as the 2012 Olympic venue for beach volleyball.
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