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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 139


    Price Realised  

    Cleopatra's Needle, Alexandria
    oil on canvas
    17¾ x 12¼ in. (45 x 31 cm.)

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    There are three ancient Egyptian obelisks known as Cleopatra's Needle, each of which were re-erected in London, Paris and New York during the 19th century. The present lot depicts the example now in Central Park, New York, formerly in Alexandria. The gift of the obelisk was intended to encourage trade relations between Egypt and America following the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. The obelisk was erected in Central Park on 22 February 1881.

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