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NYC art auction season to kick off, break a taboo

Cattelan's statue of Hitler at Christie's auction expected to fetch US$10-15 million

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Cattelan's work, entitled simply 'Lui', has been described as 'extremely powerful, extremely disconcerting' by Loic Gouzer, deputy chairman of post-war and contemporary art with Christie's.
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'Two Studies for a Self-Portrait' 1970 (above) by artist Francis Bacon and 'Untitled' 1968 by US artist CY Twombly will be among the works to be sold by Sotheby's.
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'Two Studies for a Self-Portrait' 1970 by artist Francis Bacon and 'Untitled' 1968 (above) by US artist CY Twombly will be among the works to be sold by Sotheby's.

New York

THE spring art auction season kicks off on Sunday in New York with paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly and a taboo-smashing statue of Hitler.

Some 1,500 artworks are to go under the gavel over the course of five days of auctions expected to fetch more than a