Mystery Rembrandt

A portrait of Saint James is to be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York this Thursday, painted by Rembrandt for no clear reason. The portrait was most likely painted towards the end of Rembrandt's life -- "Such a religious commission would have been a last-ditch attempt to get his finances back in order after official bankruptcy and the general decline in his reputation as his work fell out of favour." Read more in the Guardian here.

1/25 Update: The portrait sold for $25.8 million dollars to an anonymous bidder.

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