Christie’s Expects French Master Nicolas Poussin’s Painting to Fetch Up to $31 Million

LONDON (REUTERS).- Christie’s expects a major work called “Ordination” by French master Nicolas Poussin to fetch 15-20 million pounds ($23-31 million) when it goes under the hammer in London on December 7. The auctioneer will be hoping to repeat the spectacular prices for old master paintings fetched at the equivalent sale last year, when a Raphael drawing made a record $47.9 million and a Rembrandt painting sold for around $33 million. Richard Knight, co-head of old masters and 19th century art at Christie’s, called the painting “remarkable.” Ordination, painted in the 1630s, was one of the Seven Sacraments depicted by the artist for Cassiano dal Pozzo, a celebrated collector in Rome. Of the set of seven, “Penance” was destroyed in a fire nearly 200 years ago and “Baptism” went to the National Gallery of Art