Wyeth painting sells for $6.9M at NY auction

Posted Dec. 03, 2009, at 1:53 p.m.

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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