After the encouraging results of Christie’s sale on Tuesday night, Sotheby’s follow up on Wednesday was an uneven one (20 of the 54 lots did not sell.) Overall however, it produced some spectacular surprises. The market’s connoisseurship once again demonstrated that value is not necessarily found in a big name-two of top selling lots were by relatively minor painters-a “Portrait of Bindo Altoviti” by Girolamo da Carpi, and “A young woman in a red jacket feeding a parrot,” by Franz Mieris the Elder (were by painters of minor reputation. Meanwhile, a painting by the renowned Pieter Breughel the Younger went down unsold, because it had reappeared on the market so quickly.
Further news covering the Christie’s sale: