Richly-storied Rembrandt: Old Master headliner with record price estimate

  • September 20, 2009 18:57

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Rembrandt from the Barbara Johnson collection

Polish-born collector Barbara Piasecka Johnson, widow of the heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, is parting with her monumental Rembrandt. “Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, With His Arms Akimbo,” from 1658, not seen by the public for nearly 40 years, is being sold at Christie’s in London on Dec. 8. The estimate is $29.7 million to $41.2 million, the highest estimate ever for an old master painting coming to auction.

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