Sleeper Alert!

January 28 2022

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Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Some readers might remember this painting that I highlighted on the blog on 9th January catalogued as Follower of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

The painting was sold this morning in New York for $1,593,000 over its $50k - $70k estimate.

Notably, this painting had been published as 'Bruegel's earliest work' in a 1955 publication by Fritz Grossmann. It seems that many Bruegel writers continued to republish Grossmann's verdict until it was questioned at some point during the 1970s.

This might be a story to follow in the near future, especially if it reappears somewhere interesting.

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