Page last updated at 16:20 GMT, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 17:20 UK

Van Dyck portrait could fetch 3m

Anthony Van Dyck
Van Dyck moved to England in 1632

A self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck, owned by the same family for nearly 300 years, is expected to fetch up to £3m when it goes to auction.

The artist painted the portrait in 1641 in the final months of his life, which were spent in London.

Another portrait by van Dyck of his great friend Endymion Porter sold in July for just over £2m - an auction record for a van Dyck portrait.

The self-portrait will be part of Sotheby's Old Masters sale in December.

The Fkemish artist, who was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1599, moving to Britain in 1632 to become the court painter of King Charles I.

The painting - titled Self Portrait - has been part of a family collection since 1712, and was recently loaned to Tate Britain for its recent Van Dyck and Britain exhibition.

Sotheby's senior specialist in Early British paintings, David Moore-Gwyn, said: "This is, by far and away, the most important portrait by Van Dyck to come to auction in my 35-year career at Sotheby's.

"It is an exceptional painting by one of the most important artists to have worked in Britain.

"We are delighted to be offering collectors the opportunity to acquire such a rare and unparalleled work by an artist who revolutionised the English portrait."

The current auction record for a van Dyck is £3.06m for A Rearing Stallion, set in 2008.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Portrait returns to Palace 'home'
12 Feb 09 |  Arts & Culture
'Lost' van Dyck gets public show
16 Feb 09 |  Entertainment

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific