Degas bronze ballerina to be sold at NYC auction

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"Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" is being offered on Nov. 1 with a pre-sale estimate of $25 million to $35 million.

The 40-inch high work depicts the ballerina standing with her chin tilted up and hands clasped behind her back. She's wearing a satin hair ribbon and a fabric tutu.

The original was made of tinted wax. It had real hair and a fabric bodice.

Degas exhibited it only once, in 1881 in Paris.

After his death in 1917, his heirs had 28 cast in bronze.

Most are in museums. Ten are in private hands, including the one in Christie's sale.

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