Sale of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings at Sotheby’s Paris

artwork: "Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat" (1570), an exceptional example of the work of Simon de Myle, soared to €1,095,150 / $1,564,739 (lot 30, estimate €300,000-400,000).  - Photo: Sotheby's.

PARIS.- The final sale of the season at Sotheby’s Paris, devoted to Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings, yielded €7.6m – the highest total for a sale of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings by Sotheby’s France to date, including three world records. Pierre Etienne, Head of the Old Master Paintings & Drawings Department, observed that ‘Today’s sale included many rediscovered or market-fresh works from 17th and 18th century France, consigned from European private collections like the prestigious House of Bourbon or the former Hôtel Biron. The results obtained reflect the vitality of the market for Old Master pictures which, for quality works, remains dynamic and international; international connoisseurs have no hesitation in competing for high-level works that have been carefully selected for provenance, condition and artistic quality.’