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Gauguin wooden bust headed for NYC auction


NEW YORK (AP) -- A rare wooden sculpture by Paul Gauguin (goh-GAN') is heading for the auction block in New York City. It's estimated to bring $10 million to $15 million.

"Jeune tahitienne" (zhehn teye-EE'-shee-ehn) depicts a Tahitian girl.

The artist carved it in the 1890s during his first visit to the South Pacific islands. Gauguin himself collected and strung the shells and coral on the necklace around the statue's neck.

The sculpture is being offered by a New England collector on May 3 at Sotheby's. It hasn't been seen publicly in 50 years.

It will go on view in New York on April 29, after being shown at Sotheby's galleries in Hong Kong and London.

Sotheby's says it's the only known fully worked, three dimensional bust made by Gauguin.

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