Rembrandt Painting Sold at $33,210,855 ~ A Record Price at Christie’s Weak Old Master Sale

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Christie's auctioneer James Bruce-Gardyne takes bids for the Rembrandt painting 'Portrait of a man with arms akimbo' during the 'Old Masters and 19th Century Art' auction in London, Dec. 8, 2009. The painting sold for 18 million pounds ($29,592,000, 19,872,000 euro) with fees making the total sale value of the painting up to ($33.2 million), the most expensive Rembrandt ever to sell at auction. AP Photo/Matt Dunham.

LONDON (N Y Times).- A Rembrandt painting unseen
in public for nearly 40 years sold for a record 20.2 million pounds ($33.2
million) at auction in London on Tuesday, the highest ever paid at auction for
the 17th century artist.
Christie’s said that “Portrait of a man,
half-length, with his arms akimbo”, painted in 1658, fetched the 4th
highest-price paid at auction for any old masters painting. It was bought by an
anonymous client bidding via telephone, Christie’s said. The top price
at auction for any old master picture is 49.5 million pounds ($77 million) for
“The Massacre of the Innocents” by Peter Paul Rubens set at Sotheby’s in London
in 2002.