'Washington Crossing the Delaware' up for auction

STORY: The iconic ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware' is going up for auction

The 1851 oil painting hung in the White House from the 1970s to 2014

It’s expected to fetch about $20 million at Christie's New York

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTIE'S AMERICAN ART SPECIALIST, PAIGE KESTENMAN, SAYING:

"'Washington Crossing the Delaware' is one of the most iconic works, not just of American art history, but of American culture. This is a painting that has been reproduced endless times from history textbooks to U.S. stamps and the back of the New Jersey state quarter."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTIE'S AMERICAN ART SPECIALIST, PAIGE KESTENMAN, SAYING:

"This iconic work depicts Christmas Night, 1776, when General George Washington led a series of troops across the Delaware River to surprise the troops hiding on the other side."

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