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    Turner Tops Bonhams Auction

    The 19th-century art sale, including paintings drawings and watercolors, held on Jan. 25 at Bonhams in London, realized £1.9 million ($2.9 million), for 172 lots offered. Of these, 115, or 67 percent, were sold.

    NEW YORK—The 19th-century art sale, including paintings drawings and watercolors, held on Jan. 25 at Bonhams in London, realized £1.9 million ($2.9 million), for 172 lots offered. Of these, 115, or 67 percent, were sold.

    The sale was led by Kirkby Lonsdale Churchyard, a watercolor by J.M.W. Turner that had not been seen at auction since 1884, according to Bonhams. It sold for £217,250 ($338,282), against an estimate of £200,000/300,000.

    Other highlights of the sale: a Winter Landscape with Figures by Dutch artist Frederik Marinus Kruseman, which sold for £97,250 ($151,430), compared with an estimate of £70,000/90,000; Belgian artist Théodore Gérard’s Market Day, which sold for £45,650 ($71,080); and Austrian artist Franz Richard Unterberger’s Amalfi, Golfo di Salerno, which doubled its £12,000/18,000 estimate to sell for £37,250 ($58,000).

    Peter Rees, head of the sale, said the auction demonstrated that there is “still clearly good demand for the best examples of 19th-century painting, with provenance and condition being increasingly important. We were delighted to sell the Turner to a private collector.”