Two masterpieces, a Rembrandt painting “Portrait of a Man, Half Length, with his Arms Akimbo” which was seen publicly for the first time in 40 years, and “Head of a Muse” by Raphael, not seen for 50 years (and not at auction for more than 150 years), both brought record prices as the gavel sounded in London on Tuesday, December 8th.

The Rembrandt sold to an anonymous bidder by telephone for 20.2 million pounds ($32.9 million US), representing a record price paid for a Rembrandt.

Raphael’s drawing, which dates to the 16th century, brought 29.2 million pounds ($47.6 million US), a record price for any work on paper.

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