£29m Raphael eclipses Rembrandt at Christie's
29m Raphael eclipses Rembrandt at Christie's
But the latter's Portrait of a Man still sold for over 20m, a record price for the Old Master
A world record pricewas paid for a 1658 portrait by Rembrandt at Christie's, yesterday.
All eyes were on the Old Master's 1658 painting Portrait of a Man, considered by many to be priceless, which sold for a princely 20.2m to an anonymous bidder.
However, the star attraction was eclipsed by Raphael's1510-11 work Head of a Muse.
Raphael's Head of a Muse (29.2m)
It sold for 29.2m - incredibly, a world record price for any work on paper to go under the hammer, according Christie's.
The painting easily surpassed its estimate of 12-16m.
The sale was the second highest price for an Old Master painting sold at auction, and a world record for a Raphael.
Overall, the sale grossed 68.4m.