Sorolla's "Niños en la playa" auctioned for $4.1 mn

London, May 23 (EFE).- The oil painting "Niños en la playa" (Children on the Beach) by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), considered by experts to be one of his greatest works, brought 2.77 million pounds ($4.1 million) at auction here on Thursday.

The work headed the 19th Century European Paintings auction at Sotheby's, which gathered 120 works for sale among which were pieces by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) and Belgian Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921).

Painted in 1916 and belonging since the 1950s to the painter's family, "Niños en la playa" went on sale for the first time Thursday with a starting price of 1.8 million pounds ($2.7 million) and, although it had been expected to bring double that figure, ultimately that did not occur.

The painting also was unable to beat the record set by "Pescadores valencianos" (Valencian Fishermen), painted in 1895 by Sorolla, which sold last November at Sotheby's for 3.73 million pounds ($5.6 million).