Turner Smashes Art Record

A masterpiece hidden from the public eye for 20 years was sold at Christie's auction house in New York City Thursday for $35.8 million. The 1841 painting by J.M.W. Turner garnered a record price for the auction sale of a British artist. The painting of Venice called "Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio" was donated to the St. Francis of Assisi Foundation by a private collector who bought the painting in 1992. Last seen at a public auction in 1897, the painting broke the previous record for a British work held by John Constable's The Lock at $29 million. It was one of three Venetian oil paintings developed by Turner for an 1841 exhibition at the British Royal Academy, where it sold for 250 guineas. The previous highest price commanded by a Turner at auction was the $12.5 million paid for Seascape, Folkestone in 1984. Irish Art