Carrying an estimate of $22.2-$31 million, a masterwork by Poussin had been the anticipated top lot at Christie’s Old Master & 19th Century art sale in London today. Although it failed to find a buyer, 9 other works sold for over $1 million, and 6 new world auction artist records were set on the way to a $39 million result.
The highest price at the sale was the $6.6 million achieved by a panel by Master of the Baroncelli Portraits (active Bruges, circa 1489). The little known work had not been shown in public since 1902. Works by Claude Gellee and Peter Brueghel II each sold for over $3 million and a portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck fetched $1.65 million.
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