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Sotheby's 'Old Master Paintings & Works on Paper Day' Auction



The excitement in the air was palpable as the calendar turned to July 4th. Collectors and art enthusiasts from around the world eagerly awaited the grand auction of Old Master Paintings & Works on Paper, set to begin at 10:00 AM at Sotheby's in London. This sale promised an extraordinary array of art spanning over four centuries, showcasing masterpieces from major national schools.


Effective May 20th, 2024, Sotheby's had made significant changes to its Buyer's Premium rates, much to the delight of bidders. The Overhead Premium was now only applicable to Wine & Spirits, making this auction even more appealing to those looking to invest in timeless art pieces. The updated rates could be found in the Conditions of Business on the relevant sale page.


Pieter Aertsen and workshop The Last Supper. Property from a Flemish Private Collection


This July sale was particularly noteworthy due to the rich diversity of works on offer. It included Flemish and Dutch Golden Age paintings, dramatic Italian Baroque pictures, elegant British and French portraits, and an impressive selection of paintings and drawings with distinguished provenance. Among these was a group from the esteemed collection of Dr. Einar Perman (1893–1976), which added a touch of historical significance to the event.


The auction was meticulously organized, with Old Master Paintings categorized into lots 101 to 127 and 141 to 230. Works on Paper were grouped into lots 128 to 140 and 231 to 281. Each lot represented a unique piece of history, a testament to the artistic genius of the past.


As the clock struck 10:00 AM, the auctioneer's gavel came down, and the first lot was unveiled. The room buzzed with anticipation, each bidder hoping to secure a piece of the rich artistic legacy on display. The auction was not just a sale; it was a celebration of art, history, and culture, a moment where the past met the present in the most exquisite manner.

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Top image: Jacob van Oost the Elder and Jacob van Oost the Younger Diana with her hounds seated on stag in a landscape, Estimate £60,000–80,000. By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Sotheby's

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