Christie's Paris Results

September 15 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's recent Old Master Paintings & Sculpture sale in Paris realised a respectable €5,739,000 (all prices quoted inc. premium) today with roughly 79.6% of lots sold.

The two pictures that flew past their estimates were the ones that were appearing absolutely everywhere on social media. This fine 'Follower of Sofonisba Anguissola' realised 110,000 over its 25k - 35k estimate; and this attractive headstudy of a boy given to the 'Workshop of Rubens' made 137,500 over its 60k - 80k estimate; and this Lucretia by the 'Master of the Female Half Lengths' made 430,000 over its 80 - 120k estimate.

Equally interesting was this 'School of Antwerp - Follower of Rubens' which soared to 274,000 over an estimate of 12k - 18k. Did optimistic bidders spot something that the cataloguers had neglected?

Update - I forgot to mention that this very fine hatted lady by Nicholas Largillière made €1,570,000 over its €600k - €1m estimate in the Christie's Paris sale of Paul-Louis Weiller.

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