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Sotheby’s exhibits huge Taubman collection prior to sales

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80 civilians killed in South Sudan in October.

NEW YORK (AP) — A. JUBA, South Sudan >> Eighty civilians, including 57 children, were killed in just one county in war-torn Unity state between October 4 and 22, according to a group of humanitarian organizations monitoring civilian casualties in South Sudan. Alfred Taubman, the late billionaire developer and former owner of Sotheby’s auction house, was a boundless art collector whose taste spanned every period, genre and medium, from works of antiquity to contemporary art.

In advance of a series of sales of his 500-piece collection — believed to be worth more than $500 million — Sotheby’s has transformed its building inside and out to give a real sense of its depth and scope. Beginning Friday, Sotheby’s New York is holding its preview exhibition for four days only, from Saturday through Tuesday, goes on sale November 4, kicking off two weeks of blockbuster sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

There were reports of widespread use of sexual violence, including more than 50 rape cases, said the Protection Cluster, representing 60 local and international organizations. Kuong Kuony, the rebel’s commissioner for Leer County, accused government troops of launching attacks on rebel positions, burning civilian houses, and looting livestock. The lineup features names of Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Alberto Giacometti, Amedeo Modigliani, with price tags run $25–$35 million.

The U.N. and human rights groups have documented widespread abuses against civilians, including rapes and killings by government soldiers and their militia, in Unity state this year. If it reaches its estimated $500 million trophy, it would be the most valuable private collection sold at auction, vying the $477 million sale of designer Yves Saint Laurent’s estate at Christie’s in Paris in 2009. Artworks are arranged not by period but more as they might have hung in Taubman’s numerous homes, in Manhattan; Detroit; Palm Beach, Florida; and Southampton. “What I would like people to come and see and walk away with is that there is no categorical segmentation of great art,” said Alex Rotter, Sotheby’s co-head of contemporary art.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013 as government forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, battle rebels led by his former deputy, Riek Machar, a Nuer. On Nov. 18, works of American art go on the auction block, including a large landscape by Martin Johnson Heade, “The Great Florida Sunset,” painted in 1887. He is credited with transforming Sotheby’s into a global powerhouse, but his reputation was tarnished in 2001 when he was convicted in a price-fixing scandal that embroiled the auction house.

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