The I.Q. van Regteren Altena Collection. Part I sale realises £13,202,225/$22,615,412 /€16,555,591.
Benjamin Peronnet, International Head of Old Master Drawings: “We are elated with the results of the first sale of the collection of IQ van Regteren Altena. With a sale total of over £13 million it more than doubled the pre-sale high estimate. Over 15 auction records were set for drawings by Northern artists, including 7 of the top ten sale results. Extraordinary prices were achieved for great masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Hendrick Goltzius, and Jacques de Gheyn II, as well as for extremely rare artists such as Jan Lagoor, Johan Verwer and Abraham Rutgers. There was nearly unprecedented participation across the market with international museums, private collectors and dealers aggressively bidding throughout the sale in a crowded saleroom, on the telephone and online. This first sale of the most important collection of Old Master Drawings to appear on the market in over a generation will stand as a landmark auction in the history of Old Master Drawings sales. The enthusiasm exhibited in the saleroom by bidders and buyers today is a fitting homage to the great scholar and connoisseur, I.Q. van Regteren Altena.”