Rubens, Guercino, Pencz and Van Dyck to Highlight Christie’s Sale

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LONDON.- Christie’s Old Masters and 19th Century Art Evening Sale will take place on 6 July 2010 and will offer a rich array of 68 paintings, drawings and watercolours spanning 600 years of European art history. Leading the sale is A Commander being armed for Battle, a highly important portrait by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) which is offered from the Spencer Collections and sold by order of the Trustees (estimate: £8 million to £12 million). From the same collection is King David by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Il Guercino (1591-1666) (estimate: £5 million to £8 million). The auction is expected to realise a total of £32,970,000 to £50,210,000. This auction builds on the success of the corresponding sale at Christie’s London in December 2009 which realised £68,380,250 / $112,417,131 / €75,491,796 – the highest ever