A 17th-century masterpiece by Antwerp artist Clara Peeters, believed to have been created around 1615, has been auctioned off at a staggering price of 850,000 euros. This far exceeds the initial estimation, which ranged between 500,000 and 700,000 pounds sterling. As reported by De Tijd, the oil painting is a still life featuring an exquisite bouquet of flowers, including roses, irises, tulips, and daffodils, meticulously arranged in a basket against a dark backdrop. A butterfly, added for a touch of realism, complements the scene.
This sale has etched itself into history by becoming the most expensive painting by Clara Peeters sold to date. The work of the influential Flemish artist, who had been overlooked in art history for centuries, has now received its due recognition. The painting's sale price not only reflects its artistic value but also signifies a growing appreciation for Peeters' contributions to the field.
Art Market Abuzz
The auction not only made headlines for Peeters' painting but also for other significant sales. A Claude Monet painting, 'Le bassin aux nymphéas,' fetched a whopping 74 million dollars at a New York auction. Moreover, Pablo Picasso's 'Femme à la montre' was sold for an impressive 139.3 million dollars at Sotheby's, marking the second-highest price ever achieved for a Picasso's work. Such sales underscore the buoyancy of the art market, even in challenging times.
Unknowing Purchase of a Renaissance Masterpiece
In related news, French collectors unknowingly purchased a lost work by Renaissance painter Raphael. The authenticity of the painting was later confirmed by French and Italian experts, adding another layer of intrigue to the dynamic world of art auctions.