$20M Painting That hung in White House up for Sale

The famous "Washington Crossing the Delaware" painting, which hung in the White House from the 1970s to 2014, is coming up for auction next month, when it is estimated to fetch about $20 million.

The 1851 oil painting is one of three versions painted by Emanuel Leutze of the man who was to be the first US President leading troops during a key moment of the American revolution.

The first version was destroyed during a World War II air raid in Germany, said American Art specialist Paige Kestenman at Christie's New York.

"The second is the monumental work that is the centerpiece of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's American Wing, and the third is this work right here," said Kestenman.

The version at New York's Met measures 12.4 x 21.25 feet (3.78 x 6.48 meters). The painting up for sale on May 12 is smaller -- about 3 x 6 feet.

It had hung for decades in the White House, mainly in the West Wing reception room.

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