Yes, sir, it’s a Rubens and it’s worth 40 times what you paid ...

World

Yes, sir, it’s a Rubens and it’s worth 40 times what you paid for it

Imagine how bitter the family who sold the painting for a mere £78,000 three years ago must be feeling

Lizzie Roberts

A painting that sold for £78,000 (about R1,6m today) three years ago is expected to fetch more than 40 times that amount after layers of dirt were removed to reveal it as a Rubens.

The true quality of Portrait of a Lady by Peter Paul Rubens, the 17th-century Flemish artist, had been hidden beneath grime and varnish that had built up over 140 years.

It will be offered for auction at Sotheby’s in the UK on July 29, its first major evening sale since the easing of lockdown restrictions, with an estimate of £2.5m to £3.5m (about R53m to R74m)...

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.