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World Auction Records Set for Girolamo Romanino, Philippe de Champaigne at Christie’s Old Masters Sale

romanino World Auction Records Set for Girolamo Romanino, Philippe de Champaigne at Christies Old Masters Sale

Girolamo Romanino, “Christ Carrying the Christ.” (Courtesy Christie’s)

A world auction record was set this week for Italian artist Girolamo Romanino at Christie’s Old Masters sale. His Christ Carrying the Cross sold for $4.6 million and was the highlight of the sale. Nicholas Hall, co-chairman of Old Masters and 19th-century art at Christie’s, told Reuters that the painting was the most important work by Romanino to hit an auction block in more than a decade.

More via Reuters:

In February, a U.S. District Court restituted Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross” to the heirs of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe, a Paris-based Jewish-Italian businessman and art collector who died in 1940.

It was returned to Gentili di Giuseppe’s heirs only weeks ago, capping a more than decade-long process that began with a 1999 Parisian court ruling that nullified the 1941 sale of the his estate.

A record was also set for Philippe de Champaigne. His painting The Holy Family with a Sparrow sold for more than twice its $250,000 estimate.