Auction shock

21 April 2017


A small painting of unknown provenance that depicts the head of Christ with a crown of thorns, in an ornate frame, has exceeded an expected reserve of €800, and sold at auction in Dublin to an unidentified bidder for €120,000, writes Gregg Ryan. The painting, described as being from the Italian School, was sent for auction to Adam’s salerooms, in the city, by representatives of what is believed to be a religious or similar institution. It is executed in oil on a copper base. The final price was achieved by an overseas bidder communicating by mobile phone. It is now believed that the painting may be considerably older than originally thought, perhaps dating from the 17th century

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