A grand oil painting of Mount Rainier by 19th-century landscape artist Albert Bierstadt will go on the block at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg's American art auction Tuesday in New York
Valued at anywhere from $1.8 million to $2.2 million, "Mt. Rainier" is expected to draw considerable interest in the Northwest.
A Seattle Art Museum official said that the museum knows of the painting's availability, but has no immediate plans to bid on it.
When Bierstadt painted "Mt. Rainier," he had traveled to Seattle and made sketches of the mountain. Nevertheless, back in the studio, he used his imagination.
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