Masterpiece by Matisse could fetch up to €15m at auction
A painting of an exiled Turkish princess by one of the 20th century's greatest artists could sell for around €15m when it goes under the hammer next year.
The Odalisque Au Fauteuil Noir by Henri Matisse has gone on view at Sotheby's London galleries and will go under the hammer in February.
Matisse's oil painting, which was completed in Nice in January 1942, shows one of his favourite subjects, Nezy-Hamide Chawkat.
She was the great-granddaughter of the last sultan of Turkey and fled to France with her grandmother when the royal family lost power.
A recent exhibition of paper cut-outs by Matisse smashed visitor records to become the Tate's most popular exhibition.
He started using paper when ill-health prevented him from painting and the display of his work at Tate Modern in London drew more than half a million visitors.