The Sotheby’s Old Masters midseason sale totalled £1,778,252, with 75% sold by lot and 83.8% sold by value. One highlight of the sale was Antonio Vazquez’s impressive altarpiece depicting scenes of the life of the Virgin, which sold for £90,000. Friedrich Nerly’s beautiful moonlit View of the Grand Canal making £68,750 was a further highlight, along with the sale of the portrait of King Charles I from the studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck for £60,000.
This is the perfect opportunity for new buyers to discover the virtues of collecting Old Masters, while offering a chance for more established buyers to expand their collections. From Van Dyck's studio to the exoticism of Sir Henry Raeburn's Portrait of an Indian Woman, the sale offers works from all the major schools of Western European painting, some with estimates around as little as £1,000.