for $4,521,000 (est. $4/6 million);
Bernardo Bellotto’s View of the Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge and Canaletto’s London, A View of
the Thames, Looking Towards Westminster from Near York Water Gate, both from the collection of
Gordon Getty, which brought $2,169,000 (est. $800,000/1.2 million) and $2,057,000 (est. $700/900,000)
respectively; and Aert van der Neer’s Winter Landscape with Kolf Players and Skaters on a Frozen Canal
which sold for $2,057,000 (est. $1.5/2 million).
In addition to the Riemenschneider and the Donatello, there were strong prices for other European Works
of Art achieved, including items from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, sold to benefit the acquisitions
fund of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters. Highlighting the offering of nine lots was A
Limoges Champlevé Enamel Gilt Copper Tabernacle that surpassed a high estimate of $500,000 to bring
Old Master Drawings – January 23, 2008
Leading off the week were sales of Old Master Drawings which brought a grand total of $9,195,175.
Several artist records were set across the two sales including those for Fra Bartolommeo, Agostino
Carracci, Giuseppe Cades, Marco Pino and Ventura Salimbeni. The offering included the Jeffrey E. Horvitz
Collection of Italian Drawings which brought $4,963,850 (est. $4.1/5.8 million) and was highlighted by
Agostino Carracci’s St. Jerome in His Study which sold for $385,000 (est. $70/100,000), a record for the
artist at auction. That price was closely followed by the $373,000 achieved for Lelio Orsi’s spectacular
Apollo Driving the Chariot of the Sun (est. $200/300,000), which is a record for a drawing by the artist at
auction. The sale of Old Master Drawings from various owners totaled $4,231,325, above the high
estimate of $3.8 million. The top selling lot was one of the most important drawings to appear on the
market in some time, a double-sided sheet by Fra Bartolommeo, which sold for $1,945,000, a record for
the artist at auction.
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* Estimates do not include buyer’s premium