Christie’s Old Master Paintings Part I realized $34,339,750/ £22,077,265/ €26,533,569 and The Art of France totaled $10,016,000/ £6,439,356/ €7,739,142. The sales continue tomorrow in New York with Old Master & Early British Drawings and Watercolors at 10am and Old Master Paintings Part II at 5pm.
Nicholas Hall, Co-Chairman of Old Masters & 19th Century Art, comments: “The Old Master Paintings sales saw success across a wide variety of genres including 18th century Italian views, the Dutch golden age, Flemish Baroque, as well as French Rococo, as demonstrated by Fragonard and Watteau. We are particularly pleased with prices achieved for the rediscovered or reattributed works in the sale by Gerrit Dou, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Thomas de Keyser, and the Portrait of a gentleman by Frans Hals from the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. Additionally, between the two sales today, eleven paintings sold in excess of $1 million. We look forward to the continuation of the sales tomorrow.”