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A small portrait of Rembrandt sets a new record

A small portrait of Rembrandt sets a new record

A small portrait of Rembrandt sets a new record

A rare Rembrandt self-portrait - one of only three remaining in private hands - was auctioned in London for £ 14.5 million ($ 18.8 million). He became the most expensive among several dozen “selfies” that the Dutch master made during his career.

"Self-portrait in a lace collar and a black hat" went under the hammer at the Sotheby's auction "From Rembrandt to Richter", where 71 lots presented more than five hundred years of art history.

The price for which the work was sold did not go beyond the estimate of 12-16 million pounds. Bidding started at 10 million. According to Sotheby’s said, "six decisive contenders" fought for the picture.

The final cost of the lot was more than double the previous record for the artist's self-portraits. It was installed in 2003 at £ 6.9 million. The third self-portrait from those in private collections has been loaned to the National Gallery of Scotland.

The small work (21.8 x 16.3 cm), sold on July 28, is one of eighty self-portraits that Rembrandt created during his career and is the earliest in the mentioned trio. It was painted in late 1632, when the 26-year-old artist settled in Amsterdam and was enjoying the first wave of his commercial success.

"Rembrandt's face is recognizable to us at every stage of his adult life - much more than the image of any other artist," said Sotheby's spokesman George Gordon. According to him, the painting was created in a "surprisingly short" period of time. The artist first put the background, but when he signed the finished work, the background was still wet, and the signature was imprinted on it.

The self-portrait has appeared in public three times: at exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum (November 1997), at the National Gallery in London (June-September 1999) and in Mauritshuis (September 1999 - January 2000).

The Sotheby’s auction on July 28 sold works created in the period from the Italian Renaissance and the Dutch Golden Age - to pop art and postmodern abstraction. The most expensive lot was the painting by the Spaniard Joan Miró "The Woman in the Red Hat" (1927). Its final price tag was £ 22.3 million ($ 28.7 million). 

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