John Constable Painting For Sale at Christie’s Sparks Family Feud

Detail from John Constable's The Lock. (Courtesy Christie's)

John Constable’s The Lock will be sold at a Christie’s auction on July 3 in London, estimated at £20m-£25 million (about $30-$38 million). The work is being sold by Baroness Carmen “Tita” Thyssen, the widow and last of the five wives of collector Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (fantastic names in this family). Their massive art collection was purchased by the Spanish government for about $461 million in 1993 and has been the source of a large amount of family drama basically ever since. Read More