They said this Rembrandt stuck in a kitchen was fake. It’s up ...

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They said this Rembrandt stuck in a kitchen was fake. It’s up for R340m

Experts spurned the self-portrait when it sold in 1970, and it’s been hanging on a kitchen wall ever since

Colin Gleadell

A Rembrandt self-portrait that hung on a Parisian kitchen wall for 12 years is set to sell for up to £16m (R340m) after the wood panel on which it was painted was matched to the same tree as another picture by the Dutch master. 

The painting sold for just £650 when last up for auction in 1970 and, although Rembrandt’s reputation has not changed in the past 50 years, Sotheby’s opinion of the painting’s authorship has. 

In 1970, it was not accepted by any of the recognised authorities as a genuine Rembrandt and was bought by JO Leegenhoek, a dealer from Paris, who gave it to his wife. ..

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