It was purchased by a Connecticut man who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s a remarkable painting,” he said.
The Hudson River School painter’s “Prospect Point, Niagara Falls in Winter,” a 15″high by 24″ wide oil painting, one of two Cropseys found in a West Hartford, Ct. home’s rec room recently, was painted about 1856. The two paintings remained undiscovered for about 80 years.
The second oil, “Autumn in America,” sold for $240,000.
Said Ronan Clarke, Auctioneer and Owner of Clarke Galleries, “It was a great surprise, as we hoped to get $130,000 for the two of them! And to see it go in-house (as opposed to over the phone or the internet, which is available during live auctions here) is great.”
“It’s great for Larchmont, too, because people know they can buy and sell great art without having to go to Sothebys.”
Bidding for the first painting began at $40,000.
Watch Ronan Clark at work:
Ronan, who became a father one week ago, said later, “It’s been a good week.”