Willem van de Velde the Younger’s Historic Dutch Naval Battle Scene Sells for $8.3 Million
Sotheby's London Evening Sale of Old Master & British Paintings totals £32,268,650 / $50,600,470 / €40,174,408. Six new artist records set. Photo: Sotheby's.
Tonight Sotheby’s Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale realised a total of £32,268,650 / $50,600,470 / €40,174,408, comfortably within the pre-sale estimate of £26.7 – 40.4 million. The evening’s top lot was a historic naval scene by Willem van de Velde the Younger, The Surrender of the Royal Prince during the Four Days’ Battle, 1st- 4th June 1666, which sold for £5.3m / $8.3m / €6.6m after nine minutes of intense competition among four bidders. This fascinating example of a war artist at work 350 years ago was considered of such national importance that the precursor of the Rijksmuseum attempted to buy the painting when it was offered for sale in 1800, but was outbid. Tonight it was bought by a private Dutch collector, and so will return to Holland.
Alex Bell, Sotheby’s Co-Chairman, Old Master Paintings, Worldwide, commented: “These are exciting times for the Old Masters and British Paintings market. We saw strong prices tonight in an extremely dynamic sale, in which collectors were prepared to go head- to-head for the very best works. The auction attracted an encouraging number of new clients to Sotheby’s and we saw consistently strong participation from the new markets.”
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