06/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Three Goya Sketches Lost For 130 Years Expected To Fetch $6 Million At Auction

Three Goya sketches will be seen for the first time in more than 130 years in July at Christie's in London where they are expected to sell for up to $6 million US.

The sketches, drawn between 1812 and 1829, were missing and presumed lost since an 1877 auction in Paris. It was only when their owners contacted the auction house about selling them that it was learned that they were in a private Swiss collection.

The three sketches, drawn between 1812 and 1829, are from Goya's personal notebooks, and are the most important group of the Spanish artist's sketches to come to auction in more than 30 years, Benjamin Peronnet, Christie's director and international head of old master and 19th century drawings, told the Reuters news agency.

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