The greatest art sale of the century is expected June 24 when Ruben's "The Adoration of the Magi" is auctioned at Sotheby's--London mecca of the art dealers world.
LV Bond street.
SV Entrance to Sothebys.
ANGLE V..Egyptian figure over doorway (18th dynosty)
SV Dealers seated.
LV Curtain hangs over Rubens painting.
CU Name "Rubens"
CU Picture is unveiled.
SCU The painting.
SV Mother and child in painting.
CU King in adoration.
SV PAN..From Joseph, Mary and Jesus PAN to King at Jesus's feet.
SV PAN..From picture to CU of Mr. Peter Wilson the vendor of the masterpiece.
LV The painting.
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Background: The greatest art sale of the century is expected June 24 when Ruben's "The Adoration of the Magi" is auctioned at Sotheby's--London mecca of the art dealers world.
Over 3,000 applications for tickets have so far been received. Among many famous personalities expected are Sir Winston and Lady Churchill.
VISNEWS visited Sotheby's to film the famous painting and some of the personalities involved in the sale. When the Chairman of Sotheby's, Mr Peter Wilson, finally bangs his gavel, art experts predict the bids will have reached a minimum of GBP250,000...easily the greatest amount ever paid for a single painting.
A nativity scene it depicts the Holy family in the stable at Bethlehem during the visit of the three kings. Standing on the right beside the manger, the Virgin, rising to her feet, holds forth the baby Jesus as the moves towards the three Kings and their followers. Two angles hover over the elven figures depicted in the composition.
Commissioned at a fee of 920 florins by the Convent of the Dames Blanches in Louvain, Rubens painted it 1634 in Antwerp in the fast time of eleven days. It is believed that his wife modelled for the Virgin. The glorious colour rendition has been achieved by the use of paints made by the master himself....the formula for which died with him.
This treasure-being sold for the Duke of Westminster-measures ten feet nine and half inches by eight feet one and a half inches. Lord Grosvenor-an ancestor of the present Duke of Westminster--first bought the painting in England in 1806 for 800 guineas. It has been in the Grosvenor family ever since.