Wyeth painting sells for $6.9M at NY auction

Posted Dec. 03, 2009, at 1:53 p.m.
** ADDS DETAILS FROM AUCTION ** This image provided by Christie's shows a 1960  painting by Andrew Wyeth titled &quotAbove the Narrows."  Setting the second-highest auction price for the artist's work, the painting sold in New York on Wednesday Dec. 2, 2009 for over $6.9 million to a European collector at Christie's sale of American art that featured three generations of Wyeth artworks. (AP Photo/Christie's) NO SALES
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** ADDS DETAILS FROM AUCTION ** This image provided by Christie's shows a 1960 painting by Andrew Wyeth titled "Above the Narrows." Setting the second-highest auction price for the artist's work, the painting sold in New York on Wednesday Dec. 2, 2009 for over $6.9 million to a European collector at Christie's sale of American art that featured three generations of Wyeth artworks. (AP Photo/Christie's) NO SALES
This image provided by Christie's shows a 1982 acrylic and watercolor painting by Jamie Wyeth titled &quotA Couple of Chairs Sitting Around the Coast of Maine." It is part of three generations of Wyeth artworks that will be auctioned next month; including 14 original oil canvases by N.C. Wyeth that were used to lavishly illustrate the classic adventure tale of &quotRobinson Crusoe." The Dec. 2 sale at Christie's; includes works by N.C. Wyeth; his son; Andrew; and grandson; Jamie. (AP Photo/Christie's)
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This image provided by Christie's shows a 1982 acrylic and watercolor painting by Jamie Wyeth titled "A Couple of Chairs Sitting Around the Coast of Maine." It is part of three generations of Wyeth artworks that will be auctioned next month; including 14 original oil canvases by N.C. Wyeth that were used to lavishly illustrate the classic adventure tale of "Robinson Crusoe." The Dec. 2 sale at Christie's; includes works by N.C. Wyeth; his son; Andrew; and grandson; Jamie. (AP Photo/Christie's)
This image provided by Christie's shows an oil painting by N.C. Wyeth titled "&quotFor a mile, or thereabouts, my raft went very well," that illustrated an edition of &quotRobinson Crusoe." It is part of three generations of Wyeth artworks that will be auctioned next month, including 14 original oil canvases by N.C. Wyeth that  lavishly illustrated the classic adventure tale. The Dec. 2 sale at Christie's; includes works by N.C. Wyeth; his son; Andrew; and grandson; Jamie. (AP Photo/Christie's)
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This image provided by Christie's shows an oil painting by N.C. Wyeth titled ""For a mile, or thereabouts, my raft went very well," that illustrated an edition of "Robinson Crusoe." It is part of three generations of Wyeth artworks that will be auctioned next month, including 14 original oil canvases by N.C. Wyeth that lavishly illustrated the classic adventure tale. The Dec. 2 sale at Christie's; includes works by N.C. Wyeth; his son; Andrew; and grandson; Jamie. (AP Photo/Christie's)

NEW YORK — An Andrew Wyeth painting of his teenage son standing on a bluff overlooking the St. George River in Maine has set the second-highest auction price for the artist’s work.

Wyeth’s “Above the Narrows” sold in New York on Wednesday for over $6.9 million to a European collector at Christie’s sale of American art that featured three generations of Wyeth artworks.

The painting was offered for sale for the first time since 1961, the year the late mutual-fund pioneer Jack Dreyfus bought it from the artist for his home.

The record price for a Wyeth work was set by Christie’s in 2007 with the sale of “Ericksons,” a 1973 tempera on panel, which sold for $10.3 million.

Andrew Wyeth, who focused on the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine, died Jan. 16 at age 91.

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