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A historic line-up



From Roman marbles to Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Classic Week at Christie’s London brings together an extraordinary cast of objects under one roof. Auction highlights so far include the Old Masters Evening Sale on 7 December, which totalled £21,772,000, with 93% sold by value and 78% of lots exceeding their estimate. The auction was led by El Greco’s Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation, from the Collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr., which sold for £6,871,250, becoming the second highest price for the artist at auction. A new world record price for the artist at auction was also set for Bartholomäus Spranger with Mercury carrying Psyche to Mount Olympus, which far surpassed the previous record, realising £3,368,750.

An unparalleled opportunity to bring home a true original, Classic Week sales continue until 15 December.

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Auction highlights

  • El Greco

    Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation
    Estimate
    £5,000,000–7,000,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 7 December

  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    Portrait of Petronella Buys (1610–1670)
    Estimate
    £1,500,000–2,500,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 7 December

  • Studio of François Clouet

    Portrait of Hercule-François, Duke of Alençon and of Anjou
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Old Masters Evening Sale, 7 December

  • Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)

    Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple
    Estimate
    £700,000–1,000,000
    Related sale
    19th Century European & Orientalist Art, 14 December



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  • James Smetham (1821–1881)

    Irene (The Mandolin)
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, 13 December

  • A Roman marble head of Athena of Albani type

    c. late 2nd century A.D.
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Antiquities, 6 December

  • The Music Lesson

    A Swiss jewelled enamelled musical gold snuff-box with automaton, the box by Jean-Georges Rémond (fl. 1783–c. 1820), marked Geneva, c. 1810, the movement by Antoine Rojard, Geneva
    Estimate
    £60,000–80,000
    Related sale
    Gold Boxes, 5 December

  • Thomas Baines (1820–1875)

    The Mosi-o-a-tunya (Smoke resounding) or Victoria Falls of the Zambesi River, Latitude 17.55.4 South
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Topographical Pictures, 14 December



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  • An early English glass celestial globe

    John Cowley (fl. 1730–40)
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Valuable Books & Manuscripts, 13 December

  • Archibald Thorburn (1860–1935)

    Blackgame in the glen
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire, 15 December

  • Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)

    The Engraved Passion
    the complete set of 16 engravings, 1507–1513
    fine, early impressions
    Estimate
    £70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Old Master Prints, 13 December

  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    Self-Portrait etching at a Window, 1648
    etching and drypoint
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Old Master Prints, 14 December

  • Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton

    Portrait of Louis Abrahams
    oil on panel
    Estimate
    £60,000–80,000
    Related sale
    Australian Art, 14 December

  • A marble figure of the Venus de Medici

    after Antonio Canova, c. 1810
    Estimate
    £25,000–35,000
    Related sale
    European Sculpture, 6 December

  • Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617)

    Landscape with a Shepherd Couple, from Four Small Landscapes
    Woodcut in black with heightening in white, circa 1597–1600
    Estimate
    £7,000–10,000
    Related sale
    Old Master Prints, 14 December



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