Constable painting up for auction with an estimate of £3-5million after being sold as a copy for £40,000 last year

An oil painting by the English Romantic landscape painter John Constable (1776-1837) sold in an auction in Cincinnati, Ohio, last year as a copy, making £40,000 against a pre-sale estimate of only $1,000-2,000. It has now been authenticated as being a genuine Constable. It will be sold in Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings December sale with an impressive estimate of £3-5 million.

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Dürer drawing purchased for $30 could be worth $50 million

A totally unknown drawing by the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) has resurfaced and could be worth around $50 million. The drawing, The Virgin and Child with a Flower on a Grassy Bench (c. 1503) was purchased by the current owner for a mere $30 at an estate sale in Concord, Massachusetts in 2016, who considered the drawing to be “a wonderfully rendered piece of old art”. It then came to the attention of Agnews Gallery, who are selling the drawing on behalf of the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Frida Kahlo self-portrait smashes auction record set by adulterous husband Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo’s (1907-1954) intimate oil painting has sold for a staggering $34.9 million (£25.9 million) at Sotheby’s New York, setting a new auction record for the most expensive artwork by a Latin American artist. It is significant as one of her final self-portraits, which candidly reveals the artist’s distress over her husband Diego Rivera’s (1886-1957) public affair with friend and famed actress Maria Félix (1914-2002).

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Prado museum curators latest to cast doubts on the attribution of the ‘Salvator Mundi’

Curators at the Museo del Prado in Madrid are the latest in a long string of scholars and other arts professionals to publicly announce their doubts about the attribution of the Salvator Mundi to Leonardo da Vinci. The painting was sold at Christie’s in 2017 as by Leonardo for a staggering $450m, however even prior to the sale there was considerable debate over this attribution.

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