This summer’s Old Masters Evening sale constitutes one of the richest variety of works on offer for many years: a collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the collection of one of the 20th century’s greatest collectors, Baron Willem van Dedem, reflecting the splendor of the Dutch Golden Age.
To sum up the results:
◇ The most expensive lot:
“Portrait of a Venetian nobleman” by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Estimate $4,2-5,5 million
Lot Sold $7,2 million
◇ The second place:
“Walton Bridges” by Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
Estimate $4,2-7 million
Lot Sold $4,5 million
◇ Third place:
“The Holy Family with Five Angels” by Hans Baldung, called Grien
Estimate $3,5-4,9 million
Lot Sold $4 million
“Portrait of Mary of Burgundy” by an unknown painter of the late 15th century deserves a special mention. The portrait is believed to serve as a prototype for many other posthumous versions.
Mary died at the age of 25 after falling from a horse while hunting. After that, her grieving husband Maximilian Habsburg commissioned many portraits of his beloved wife.
The portrait estimated at $1,3-1,9 million was sold for $2,8 million.