And we're off...!

January 27 2022

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Picture: Sotheby's via. Facebook

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Sotheby's New York Master Paintings sale has just begun! What will the Botticelli make? Will the Correggio, van Mol, Cranach, Coorte, de Sarto and Artemisias soar?!

All will soon be revealed!

Update - The first picture to break its top estimate is Ambrosius Benson's Mary Magdalene which was knocked down at $1.6m (hammer price) over its $500k - $700k estimate. All pictures have just about managed to hit their low estimates thus far.

Update 2 - Pieter van Mol's Diogenes just managed to break its top estimate to achieve $4.8m (hammer price) over its $2m - $3m estimate. I managed to have a good look at this at the London previews. It's a stunning picture which surely has a glorious clean in it. An auction record for Pieter van Mol too.

The sale has gotten off to a good start, it seems!

Update 3 - The first passes, lot. 7 and 8.

Update 4 - Giovanni Bellini's Mother and Child was just bought-in at $2.9m (hammer price) under its estimate of $3m - $5m. Perhaps bidders are saving their pennies for the Botticelli?

Update 5 - Andrea del Sarto's Portrait of a Man just scraped $1.8m (hammer price) under its $2m - $3m estimate.

Update 6 - Correggio's Magdalen Reading was bought-in (meaning it didn't manage to hit its reserve) at $4.4m (hammer) under its $4.5m - $5.5m estimate. A shame, as it was very close.

Update 7 - A 'Dutch School' portrait of a Boy managed to realise $214,200 (inc. commission) over its $40k - $60k estimate. An impressive result, I wonder if someone has managed to work out who painted it.

Update 8 - Artemisia's Portrait of a Lady sold for $2.2m (hammer price) over its $2m - $3m estimate.

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