Rubens’s “Portrait of a Lady” sells for $ 3.4 million

Warsaw, Poland — Peter Paul Rubens’ 17th-century masterpiece “Portrait of a Lady” sold for $ 3.4 million at a Warsaw auction, making it the most expensive artwork ever purchased at the Polish art market. became.

The painting was sold at the Old Masters auction at Desa Unicum on Thursday night for 14.4 million zloty (including auction fees).

This was Rubens’ first painting on the Polish market. It was put up for sale by British citizens.

Prior to the auction, the value of the oil paintings of the Flanders Master, a black-haired woman in a thick black velvet dress, was estimated to be 18 to 24 million zloty ($ 4.5 million to $ 6 million).

According to experts, this work, painted by Rubens with the participation of the Antwerp workshop around 1620-25, was a member of the painter’s first wife Isabella Brant, or Rubens’ neighbor, the jeweler of Duarte. May be similar to. The model may have come from the Spanish royal palace.

In the past, this painting belonged, among other things, to the 17th century English painter Sir Peter Lely. It was last published in 1965.

Associated Press