For the first time since 1921, a Vermeer painting is going to auction. Sotheby’s (www.sothebys.com) will sell Young Woman Seated at the Virginals July 8 in London. Sotheby’s issued a modest presale estimate of $5.3 million. “We opted for the relatively conservative figure to focus people’s attention on the painting, rather than on the price,” says Alex Bell, Sotheby’s European head of Old Master paintings.
By Sheila Gibson Stoodley