Rembrandt rings up record price

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A painting entitled ‘Portrait of a man, half-length, with his arms akimbo’ by Rembrandt, which has not been seen in public for nearly 40 years sold at Christie’s auction house in London for a record €Â 22.3 mln on Tuesday 9 December according to our Dutch source, while other sources, including British paper The Guardian quotes it at € 20.2 mln. Either way, it’s a record. “It was painted during one of Rembrandt’s most artistically inventive periods, and is believed to be one of only two of the artist’s paintings from 1658 in existence.” It was also sold when he went bankrupt.

(Links: dutchnews.nl, www.guardian.co.uk)

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