Every auctioneer hopes to locate one magnificent piece amid the thousands of other things in an estate that the family is willing to sell off.
The estimator from Dawsons Auctions eventually walked up to the bedroom of a freshly discovered potential estate in London after finding nothing of worth elsewhere.
The house’s 90-year-old owner, who was raised outside of Italy, received a painting from her father. It had been in her custody for more than three decades.
“I was utterly shocked when I saw this early religious painting hanging above her bed,” said Dawsons Head of Valuations in London, Siobhan Tyrrell. “It literally glowed with quality!”
Upon closer examination, it was discovered to have been painted by a pupil of Filippino Lippi, a Renaissance artist.
“I’m not a painting specialist, however, I recognized that it was an exceptional work from the 16th century. I immediately told the family of its potential high worth, and they were keen for me to take it to be consigned to our Fine Art sale.”
The outcome was spectacular in the instance of this significant picture, The Depiction of the Mother and Child. It impressed auctioneers for a number of reasons and sold for $320,000.
Imagine waking up one day and finding out that you have a painting that is worth 320,000 dollars. That does not happen regularly.
The seller has dementia, and her family has long wanted to give her better care and facilities to make her life more comfortable. However, rising prices prevented this up until this point.
She won’t have to worry about her continuous nursing care because of the fantastic sale price realized, much to the relief of her family.
This lovely oil canvas, which features a holy mother and child as its main subjects, has really proven to be a blessing for everyone.