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Gauguin Flowers to Top $169 Million Sale; Hirst Skull: Art Buzz

A Paul Gauguin still life is the most highly estimated of the works that may raise as much as 109 million pounds ($169 million) at a London auction next month.

The 1901 study of sunflowers in a vase was made in Tahiti as a tribute to Gauguin’s friend Vincent van Gogh. “Nature morte a ‘L’Esperance,’” owned by an unidentified European collector, is estimated at between 7 million pounds and 10 million pounds at Christie’s International’s 78-lot evening sale of Impressionist, modern and Surrealist art on Feb. 9.