NEW YORK — A poignant 1951 painting that depicts a devastating flood in Kansas and Missouri has sold for nearly $1.9 million at a New York City auction.
The price for "Flood Disaster" by Thomas Hart Benton exceeded its pre-sale estimate of $1.2 million on Thursday.
Sotheby's did not disclose the buyer's name.
The work depicts damage caused by the swollen Kansas and Missouri rivers on July 13, 1951.
The painting shows two wrecked houses, a mangled car and a washing machine covered in mud on the shore of the Kansas River. Benton sent lithographs of the same piece to members of Congress urging them to expand a flood relief bill.