Another chance to buy Coello's portrait of Don Diego

February 4 2014

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A portrait by Coello of Philip II's son, Don Diego, has been temporarily barred from export from the UK. The matching price to raise, should a UK buyer be interested, is £4.25m. The picture belongs to the Prince of Liechtenstein, and the last time he tried to export it there was a tremendous hoo ha, leading in part to the cancellation of a Liechtenstein collection show at the Royal Academy. It is thought that the National Gallery may be interested in the picture. More here

Update - A reader writes:

Why do the committee not let this one go? I cannot think of it's relevance to British history or find it to be an exciting example of portraiture to make it's mark in a UK national collection. The public lost out by by the cancellation of the Lichtenstein show.

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