French Impressionist painting once stolen from Stockbridge home is auctioned for $59 million

Bouilloire et Fruits by Paul Cezanne is still vivid in color.

Paul Cezanne’s still life “Bouilloire et Fruits” sold for a near-record $59 million at auction. – Photo: Christie’s/Boston Globe

 

Paul Cezanne’s still life “Bouilloire et Fruits” sold for a near-record $59 million at auction Monday, in another remarkable chapter in the story of a painting that was once owned by a French baron, stolen from a Stockbridge home by a gambler who was murdered for his debts, and stashed in a Swiss vault for two decades by a lawyer who would go to prison for selling it illegally.

The name of of the purchaser is not currently being disclosed by auction house Christie’s, where the painting had a “hammer price” of $52 million but an overall price tag of $59 million Monday. That’s near the $60.5 million record price for a Cezanne, which was paid for “Rideau, cruchon et compotier” in 1999.

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