James Edward Buttersworth's painting of American clipper ship the Black Warrior is to lead a sale of maritime art at Bonhams.
It is expected to make $300,000-500,000 when it crosses the block in New York on January 28.
Buttersworth (1819-1894) is considered one of the foremost marine painters of the 19th century.
Born in England, he travelled to the US where he made his name. He is particularly known for his paintings of the early years of the Americas Cup.
Many of his works were issued as lithographs and were very popular among the general public. A large number of his original paintings can be seen in museums across America.
His auction record is $728,500 - set for Puritan Leading Genesta, America's Cup (1885) at Phillips in 2002.
Robert Salmon's Two Views of a 16-Gun Sloop off Liverpool is estimated to bring $200,000-300,000.
Salmon (1775-1845) is widely credited with inspiring the American Luminists, whose work grew out of the Hudson River School.
His paintings show an exceptional eye for the effects of light, particularly on water - which went on to become a key component of Luminist painting.
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