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SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in SERGEJ JENSEN - Men with Hats - canvas collage on canvas - 71 x 51 1/2 in
Men with Hats200671 x 51 1/2 in canvas collage on canvas
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Provenance: White Cube, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2006

125,000

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