Safra’s Art Collection on the Block at Sotheby’s

  • Property from a Private Collection. Peter Brueghel the Younger Return from the Kermesse. Oil on oak panel, 19 5/8 x 31 1/8 in., 50 x 79 cm. Est. $2/3 million.
  • The Stowe Cistern: A Massive George I Silver Two-Handled Wine Cistern, Jacob Margas, London, 1714. Est. $1/2 million.
  • An Italian Marble Relief Portrait of Cosimo I De 'Medici (1519-1574), attributed to Baccio Bandinelli (1493-1560) circa 1537. height 25½ in., 65cm; width 21¼ in. 54 cm. Est. $300/500,000.
  • Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian. A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria Circa 1650. 50 ¼ by 66 ¾ in., 127.8 by 169.7 cm. Est. $15/20 million.
  • Lucas Cranach II. Portrait of a Lady, Three-Quarter Length, in a Green Velvet and Orange Dress and a Pearl-Embroidered Black Hat. Oil on panel, 24 ¼ x 15 ½ in., 61.6 x 39.4 cm. Est. $3/4 million.
  • Sir Peter Paul Rubens. The Martyrdom of St. Paul. Oil, with traces of graphite underdrawing on panel, within a painted arch: a modello. 15 by 9 in.; 38 by 22.9 cm. Est. $1.5/2 million.

The impressive collection of art coming across the block at the Sotheby’s Important Old Master and 19th Century Paintings from the Collection of J.E. Safra is made all the more noteworthy when one considers that the entirety of the works to be sold are amassed from the personal collection of investor and avid art collector J.E. Safra, who intends to use the funds from the sale to purchase new pieces. Acquired by Safra between 1988 and 2001, the 197 lots up for bids cover a broad and diverse range of styles and artists. Highlights from the collection include Jacopo Amigoni’s Venus and Adonis, estimated to be worth between $1.5 and $2.5 million, and Piazzetta, Venice by master Italian landscapist Luca Carlevarijs, expected to fetch between $2 and $3 million. The entire collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New York during the five days leading up to the evening auction on January 26. (212.606.7230, www.sothebys.com)

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