£70k bid for Pope brothers

December 15 2022

Video: DFNA

I'm always glad to see regional auction houses upping their online marketing game, especially for Old Masters. Dreweatts made an effort for their 1606 English School portrait of the Pope brothers, and were rewarded by a £70,000 hammer bid (about £87,500 with premium) against a lower estimate of £40,000. They also set what I think must be an auction record for Henry Wyatt, a pupil of Lawrence, whose The Corsair made £52,000 hammer. These were the sort of pictures which might have got a bit lost in a London sale at the bigger auction houses, but stood out when in a regional sale. 

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