At Christie's famous auction rooms a Rembrandt painting - "Juno" - failed to reach its reserve and was with-drawn, although the bidding went to 50,000 guineas.
GV Ext. Christies
People enter. SV
GV Crowded interior.
CU (Silent) Painting "Tobit greeting the returning Tobias"
(SOF): Bidding on above picture.
CU Pan . spectators to closed circuit TV camera.
LV (SOF): Auctioneer calls "2,600 guineas"
CU ZOOM out. (SOF): picture is sold and removed.
Pan - audience overflow-watch TV
LV. Zoom (SOF): Auctioneer introduces "Juno" painting.
(SOF) "Juno" bidding up 6,000 Gns.
LV (SOF): Audience - bidding at audi 45, 000 guineas.
LV (SOF): Painting removed unsold at 50,000 guineas.
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Background: At Christie's famous auction rooms a Rembrandt painting - "Juno" - failed to reach its reserve and was with-drawn, although the bidding went to 50,000 guineas. Before the sale, London, Apr 1, many had guessed that it would fetch at least GBP100,000.
The painting's failure to sell was not surprising for since its rediscovery in 1936 too much has been written about it when it is considered that it is in far from perfect condition. The picture is from the collection of the late Dr. C.J.K. van Aalst, the banker.
"Juno" is the art world's best-known mystery painting. Rembrandt is thought to have painted it to pay off a money lender. For nearly 300 years afterwards it vanished to reappear again, covered in dirt, in a Cologne sale where it was knocked down for GBP75.
Of GBP307,718 realised in the sale, GBP144,737 was accounted for by 56 Dutch and Flemish pictures from the collection of Dr van Aalst.