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Alexander Calder’s Submarine Christmas Tree, with an estimate of between £4 million and £6 million (US$5.5 million and US$8.2 million), will lead a group of eight 20th-century works from a private French collection at an upcoming auction at Christie’s London.

The mobile, created in 1947, combined two of Calder’s great passions: the ocean and the cosmos. For more than two decades it was in the collection of the French-Lebanese actress Delphine Seyrig, who lent it for a major Calder retrospective at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence in the southeast of France in 1969. 

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