March 3, 2011

J. Wyeth dog picture sells for $218K at auction

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A Jamie Wyeth work depicting his yellow Labrador with a black circle around his eye has sold for $218,500 in New York City.

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This is an undated photo of "Study of Kleberg," a gouache, watercolor and india ink mix by Jamie Wyeth.

AP/Christie's

Christie's said "Study of Kleberg" brought more than five times the $40,000 pre-sale estimate.

It was purchased today by private art dealer Ann Richards Nitze on behalf of a client who was not identified.

Wyeth said he painted the circle around Kleberg's eye in the 1980s after the pooch got too close to his easel. Wyeth is a fan of the old comedy "Little Rascals," which featured a pit bull with the same marking.

Wyeth is the son of the great American painter Andrew Wyeth and grandson of classic novel illustrator N.C. Wyeth.

He lives in Pennsylvania and Maine and has a studio in Delaware.

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