Rembrandt’s Sloppy Work Could Make Painting Even More Valuable

Nov 21, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A Rembrandt painting is expected to sell for millions, possibly in part because the artist appears to have left his fingerprints in the paint.

The AP reports that the Rembrandt oil sketch, “Study of a Head of a Young Man,” is being auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on Dec. 5, with its price estimated at $7.7 million.

The fingerprints were discovered in the painting several years ago, according to George Gordon, Sotheby’s co-chairman of Old Masters.

“Gordon says experts can’t be ‘100 percent sure’ the prints are Rembrandt’s, but they belong to someone who picked up the painting as soon as it was finished,” the AP reports, quoting Gordon saying: “The discovery of the marks in the original layer of paint … make their connection to the artist highly credible.”

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