£29m Raphael eclipses Rembrandt at Christie's
But the latter's Portrait of a Man still sold for over £20m, a record price for the Old Master
A world record price was paid for a 1658 portrait by Rembrandt at Christie's, yesterday.
All eyes were on the Old Master's 1658 painting Portrait of a Man, considered by many to be priceless, which sold for a princely £20.2m to an anonymous bidder.
However, the star attraction was eclipsed by Raphael's 1510-11 work Head of a Muse.
It sold for £29.2m - incredibly, a world record price for any work on paper to go under the hammer, according Christie's.
The painting easily surpassed its estimate of £12-16m.
The sale was the second highest price for an Old Master painting sold at auction, and a world record for a Raphael.
Overall, the sale grossed £68.4m.
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