Rubens painting sells at auction for a whopping $51M

Yesterday we reported on a racy painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, the 17th Century Flemish Baroque painter, that was about to hit the auction block in London.

Well the hammer just dropped on Lot and His Daughters, and it sold for a whopping £40 million ($51.6 million). The price realized, which is the hammer price plus buyer’s premium, was £44.8 million ($57.9 million).

According to Christie’s, the oil painting, thought to have been completed between 1613-1614, has been hidden from public view for over a century and until now how only been seen in a black and white photograph. 

The lot was part of Christies’ Old Master and British Paintings sale.

Other highlights include another Rubens piece, Venus supplicating Jupiter, which sold for £1.1 million ($1.4 million). The Four Seasons: Spring; Summer; Autumn; and Winter by Pieter Brueghel II which sold for £5.7 million ($7.3 million). And the lengthy-named Venice: The Entrance to the Grand Canal; and The Grand Canal from the Ca’ da Mosto to the Fabbriche Nuove, with the Rialto Bridge by Bernardo Bellotto which sold for £3.1 million ($4 million).

Several lots went unsold.