A Met Trustee Is Selling One of the Last Rembrandt Biblical Scenes in Private Hands at Sotheby’s for as Much as $30 Million
The long-sleepy Old Master market is seizing headlines this season.
Less than a week after announcing it will auction a major Botticelli painting, Sotheby’s has unveiled another rarity coming up on the auction block, a Rembrandt van Rijn biblical scene, Abraham and the Angels (1646), an oil on panel work that has the potential to set a new record for the artist. The current record is $33.2 million, while the estimate on this painting is $20 million to $30 million. The painting heads to sale with a guarantee.
Artnet News has learned that the consignor is Mark Fisch, whose collection is known to be focused heavily on Old Masters (mostly Italian 17th-century paintings) and has been a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2008. Fisch acquired the painting from Otto Naumann in a private sale in 2006. Neither Naumann nor Sotheby’s would comment on the identity of the