'Lost' Cezanne painting fetches $19m

Cezanne's Card Player Cezanne's Card Player had last been seen in public in 1953

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A Cezanne watercolour that was recently rediscovered after 60 years has been sold at auction for $19 million (£12m).

Card Player was a study for Cezanne's celebrated series of oil paintings, entitled Card Players.

It was only known to experts through a black and white photograph until it resurfaced in the collection of Dr Heinz Eichenwald, who died last year.

It was sold by Christie's in New York and depicts Paulin Paulet, a gardener on the artist's estate in France.

The painting was bought by an anonymous bidder.

Meanwhile, a Matisse floral still life titled The Peonies also fetched $19m at the auction.

Tuesday's sale was a warm-up for Wednesday's auction activity, when Sotheby's will offer one of the world's most recognisable artworks, Edvard Munch's The Scream.

Sotheby's said the artwork's price tag could exceed $80m (£50m).

The world record for a painting sold at auction is the $106.5m (£70m) paid for Pablo Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust in 2010.

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