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Rare Rembrandt self-portrait to go on sale in London


Agence France-Presse

London  /  Wed, June 10, 2020  /  07:07 am
Rare Rembrandt self-portrait to go on sale in London

An undated handout photo released by Sotheby's auction house in London on June 8, 2020, shows 'Self-portrait, wearing a ruff and black hat', one of the Last Self-Portraits by Rembrandt left in private hands. It is expected to fetch up to £12-16 million ($15-20 million, 13-18 million euros), Sotheby's auction house said. (Sotheby's/AFP/File)

One of the last self-portraits by Rembrandt remaining in private hands is to go on sale next month with a guide price of £12-16 million ($15-20 million, 13-18 million euros), Sotheby's said on Monday.

Only three of the Dutch master's painted self-portraits remain in private hands: Sotheby's in London sold one in 2003; another is on long-term loan to the National Gallery of Scotland.

The third, "Self-portrait wearing a ruff and black hat", is the earliest in date of the three, and goes on sale at the London auction house on July 28. 

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The self-portrait is one of 80 he created during his career, and was painted towards the end of 1632, when the 26-year-old was establishing himself in Amsterdam and enjoying his first flush of commercial success.

"Rembrandt's face is instantly recognizable to us at every stage of his adulthood –- far more so than any other painter," said George Gordon, Sotheby's co-chairman of Old Master Paintings Worldwide.

"We know that this painting was created in a remarkably short period of time, because he laid in the background first, but when he signed it upon completion, the background was still wet, so the signature is impressed into it by his brush."

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