Results: Eleven new artist records were achieved in Sotheby's Masters Week sale series, led by a newly-discovered work by Sir Peter Paul Rubens and by paintings by Adam de Coster and Willem Drost, pictured at right. The week concluded with $41.9 million in sales of paintings, drawings, and sculpture.
Auction Details: This January’s Day Sale of Master Paintings and Sculpture is led by a group of works from the Berger Collection Educational Trust, sold to benefit future philanthropy, including a number of British portraits and shipping scenes, as well as an impressive and rare gilt and polychrome Nottingham alabaster Altarpiece from the 15th century. Other highlights from the paintings section include a tondo from the Workshop of Botticelli, three floral still lifes by the Spanish artist Miguel Parra Abril, and a beautiful view of Venice at Sunset by Giovanni Grubacs. The sculpture section will feature a Limoges champlevé enamel Eucharistic dove from the early 13th century, a beautiful Limoges painted enamel from the 15th century by the Monvaerni Master, a variety of Nothern European wood sculpture, Italian Renaissance and Baroque terracottas, maiolioca and an important bronze by by Jean-Antoine Houdon of Voltaire, signed and dated 1778, with a provenance going back to 1783.