Rembrandt’s Apostle James Makes $25 Million

A rare Rembrandt painting from the later part of his life recently sold for $25.8 million USD at Sotheby’s in New York. The previous record for the artist was $28.7 million back in 2000.

From the catalogue at Sotheby’s
Alongside his last self-portraits, Rembrandt’s late religious pictures, of which this is the only example left in private hands, are the artist’s most significant body of work from the final decade of his life. They bear all the hallmarks of his late style; monumentality, thickly constructed layers of paint, use of colour to create tone, and above all a depth of psychological penetration that far exceeds his earlier work, and which remained unmatched in Western art for at least another two hundred years.”

rembrandt paintingUpdate: Here’s a larger view of the Rembrandt painting.

REMBRANDT 1606 – 1669
Estimate 18,000,000—25,000,000 USD
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: 25,800,000 USD
Measurements note 36 1/4 by 29 1/2 in.; 92.1 by 74.9 cm
Signed and dated lower right Rembrandt f. 1661 – oil on canvas

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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. My first reaction is that it is not a real Rembrandt. This is based on a glance at a small digital image, nothing more than that.

  2. Here’s a larger digital image of the Rembrandt painting Karl.


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