London | one of The three self-portraits of Rembrandt owned by an individual was sold at auction for more than £ 14 million on Tuesday at Sotheby’s in London.
The work was estimated to be between 12 and 16 million pounds (13 and 18 million euros). After 6 minutes of bidding, it is ultimately part for 14.5 million pounds (nearly 25 million canadian dollars).
This is a record for a self-portrait of Rembrandt sold at auction, dethroning a previous record of 6.9 million pounds for a self-portrait of the artist sold in 2003, pointed to Sotheby’s in a statement.
The array of 15 cm by 20 cm, signed and dated in 1632 by the great flemish master, to represent them at the age of 26 years in pageantry, dressed in black with a felt hat and a large frill of white lace.
The painting was identified only in 1996 after an analysis showed that it had been carried out on the same oak wood as the medium for a portrait done by Rembrandt of his friend Maurits Huygens.
According to George Gordon, of Sotheby’s, the formal dress, which is unusual among the dozens of self-portraits of the artist, suggests that he may be wanted to be shown under its best day while he was courting the woman who would become his muse and his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, in order to convince his parents that it was a good party.
Made just after his installation in Amsterdam, the painting has also been able to serve as a business card and show to potential customers the flourishing situation of the painter.
According to Mr. Gordon, it was completed in a very short time, because the background had not yet finished drying when the artist has affixed his signature.
With a schedule turned upside-down by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, Sotheby’s decided to hold, on a single evening sale brought together more than 500 pieces of all eras, from old masters to contemporary.