French gallery shows off 'new' Rembrandt at fine art fair
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French gallery shows off ‘new’ Rembrandt at fine art fair

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) — The painting was labeled as the work of an unknown artist from Europe’s “Continental School,” dated somewhere in the 19th century. It had a presale estimate of $500-$800 when it went to auction in New Jersey last year. French art dealer Bertrand Gautier thought the small oil-on-panel painting of three figures was older. And he thought he knew exactly who had painted it: Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. Unfortunately for Gautier and his partner Bertrand Talabardon, another dealer had the same hunch. In a few minutes of phone bidding, the price shot up, and in the end the Paris gallery owners paid just over $1 million, including the buyer’s premium. On Thursday, the painting, restored and now considered a genuine Rembrandt dating from 1624-1625, hung in pride of place at the entrance to the gallery’s stand at the prestigious TEFAF art fair in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht. “This is a great discovery. It really is absolutely fascinating. This is the very beginning of Rembrandt, more or less the first picture he ever painted,” said Prof. Christopher Brown, an expert in Dutch art at Oxford University. It was painted when Rembrandt was just 18 […]

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