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Rare Rembrandt of the Apostle James sells for $25.8 million

Rare Rembrandt of the Apostle James sells for $25.8 million

A rare late work by Rembrandt depicting the Apostle James in prayer was sold Thursday for $25.8 million (euro19.88 million), Sotheby's auction house said.
"Saint James the Greater," painted by the artist in 1661, was described by the vice chairman of Sotheby's Old Master paintings, George Wachter, as "certainly one of the most important works by Rembrandt that Sotheby's has ever handled."
"Over the past 20 years, the vast majority of pictures by the artist that have appeared on the market have dated to the 1630s and '40s. It is exceedingly rare to have one that dates to the 1660s. Works of this period, the last decade of Rembrandt's life and a time of personal turmoil, are extremely intense, soulful and introspective."
The painting was purchased by an anonymous telephone bidder, Sotheby's said. The price includes the buyer's premium.
The painting, measuring 36 inches ( 91 centimeters) by 20 inches ( 51 centimeters), had been in the collection of Stephen Carlton Clark, the grandson of the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company and brother of Sterling Clark, founder of The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass.
It recently was donated to a foundation that consigned it for sale, Sotheby's said.
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Updated : 2021-04-13 18:39 GMT+08:00