The profits from a $2.7 million Christie’s auction today of 13 Hudson River School paintings in New York will go to organizations working on the global refugee crisis. The total, which met expectations for the sale, will support UNICEF, RefugePoint, and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.
The collection, sold as part of a day sale of American art, was previously owned by Barrie Landry, a member of the boards of UNICEF USA, RefugePoint, and St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, and her late husband Kevin, who ran the private equity firm TA Associates and was a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It included works by Frederic Edwin Church, Asher Brown Durand, George Henry Durrie, Sanford Robinson Gifford, David Johnson, John Kensett, and others.
Durand’s Haymaking (1854), estimated between $250,000 and $350,000, went for $324,500. Another highlight, Kensett’s Duck Hunter, First Beach, Newport, Rhode Island (1859), which was expected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000, brought in $275,000. Other top items on the block were Church’s On Otter Creek (1850) and Louis Rémy Mignot’s Tropical Landscape (1858).