A watercolor of the series "The Card Players" by Paul Cezanne, and Henri Matisse still life "Peonies" reached Tuesday the price of U.S. $ 19 million each at an auction in New York.
Cezanne's work, a preparatory study which was believed lost and part of a series of five paintings he did between 1890 and 1896, was rediscovered this year in the private collection of physician and collector Heinz Eichenwald, who lived in Texas.
Watercolor offers a look at French artist's creative process.
Still life by Matisse is one of his first Fauvist works from when he moved to the fishing village of Coillure to experiment with form and color strength.
The auction also included works by , , Henry Moore, Joan Miro and Alberto Giacometti.