3 Rodin sculptures head to NYC auction
In this photo provided by Sotheby's, Friday, April 12, 2013, is the Auguste Rodin sculpture, "The Thinker." The full-scale bronze was commissioned by publishing magnate Ralph Pulitzer in 1906. It is part of an Impressionist and Modern Art auction scheduled for May 7, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
NEW YORK (AP) — Three early casts from Auguste Rodin's masterpiece "The Gates of Hell" will be featured at a New York City auction.
Sotheby's says "The Thinker" could fetch up to $12 million on May 7.
The full-scale sculpture was commissioned by publishing magnate Ralph Pulitzer in 1906 and made under Rodin's supervision.
A later cast sold for just under $12 million in 2010.
The other works are "The Kiss" from 1909 and "Ugolino (oo-goh-LEE'-noh) and His Children" from 1883.
They're owned by a private collector.
"The Gates," based on Dante's "Inferno," was never fully realized. Philadelphia's Rodin Museum owns the first bronze cast of "The Gates."