This picture shows the painting “Flood Disaster” by Thomas Hart Benton, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday, May 19, 2011. The painting, created to highlight the damage caused when the Kansas and Missouri rivers swelled to 70 times their normal size on July 13, 1951, goes on the block just as the swollen Mississippi River threatens residents of the South.

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