Painting Auctioneer Described as "Ugly and Damaged" makes €14k

March 8 2021

Image of Painting Auctioneer Described as "Ugly and Damaged" makes €14k

Picture: Stanislas Machoïr

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I was amused by this article which has been published on the news website connexionfrance.com. It describes the unexpected fate of the painting above which appeared at auction in France last week catalogued as 'Mexican School 19th Century'. Despite being described by the auctioneer Stanislas Machoïr as "ugly and torn", the painting soared past its €30 - €50 estimate to make €14,600 (inc. fees).

The auctioneer gave the following statement:

The buyer is a British person who fought with an American as though it was a very famous painting. But it’s probably just a painting done by an amateur, such as we find all over France, sometimes in churches.

It seems that [such works] are rare in South America, where it will be sent. But honestly, after expert assessment, it is worth nowhere near this sum. It is however possible, according to this buyer, that he may still be able to make a profit.

This is surprising but, according to him, there is a strong demand [for such works] in these countries. That's new to me. I've sold hundreds of paintings, but this one, let's face it, is ugly - and on top of that it's damaged, and very torn up. It’s a very strange case.

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