Georgia O'Keeffe painting fetches $12.9M at NYC auction

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Posted: May 19, 2016 5:53 PM
Georgia O'Keeffe painting fetches $12.9M at NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A monumental painting by Georgia O'Keeffe that can be viewed horizontally or vertically sold for $12.9 million at a New York City auction.

"Lake George Reflection," created in 1921-1922, was offered at Christie's on Thursday.

Measuring 5-feet by 3-feet, it was inspired by O'Keeffe's visits to Alfred Stieglitz's family compound on the upstate New York lake. She married the celebrated photographer in 1924.

Horizontally, it's a landscape of rolling hills reflected in a body of water. Vertically, it becomes abstract, more reminiscent of her iconic flower paintings.

O'Keeffe herself hung it vertically when it was first exhibited in a New York gallery in 1923.

Apart from its sale at auction in the 1990s, it hadn't been seen publicly since the 1923 exhibition.

The current O'Keeffe auction record is $44.4 million.