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Degas bronze ballerina to be sold at NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) ― A bronze sculpture of a young ballerina by French impressionist Edgar Degas will lead Christie’s New York auction of impressionist and modern art next month with a pre-sale estimate of $25 million to $35 million.

“Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’’ is being offered on Nov. 1.

The work depicts the ballerina standing with her chin tilted up and hands clasped behind her back.

The original was made of tinted wax, with real hair and a fabric bodice. Degas exhibited it only once, in 1881 in Paris.

After his death in 1917, his heirs had 28 versions cast in bronze.

Most are in museums. Ten are in private hands, including the one in Christie’s sale.
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