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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Franciscans receive artistic windfall
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¬†A charity run by the Franciscans has been given three Impressionist paintings which could raise more than eight million pounds for their aid projects round the world. The Monet, Renoir and Vlaminck paintings were given to the St Francis of Assisi Foundation by an anonymous Catholic donor who lives in Europe. They are due to be auctioned at Christies in London next Monday. Christie's international director of international and modern art Jussi Pylkkanen said: "Not since the auction following our sale of Van Gogh's Sunflowers in 1987 has Christie's arranged a sale of such outstanding quality in London." The pictures are Monet's Golfe d'Antibes, estimated to be worth between £1.8-2.2m; Renoir's L'Estaque which could sell for up to £2.5m; and La Seine a Chatou by Maurice de Vlaminck, which has an estimated price of £3-4m. The monks plan to use all the money from the sale, for their charitable projects in Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Chad. For a glimpse of the paintings - visit Christie's website at: http://www.christies.com
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