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Benjamin West
Cupid and Psyche
1808
$458,500
Christie’s New York
Jan. 28, 2009
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MUSCULAR OLD MASTERS II
by Paul Jeromack



Whoops! Looks like a slight correction is in order!

As I reported in Friday’s write-up of Sotheby’s New York Old Master sale on Jan. 29, 2009 [see "Muscular Old Masters," Feb. 6, 2009], Hendrick ter Brugghen’s Bagpipe Player sold after "a battle between New York dealer Richard Feigen, acting for an unnamed American museum (possibly the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which has been on the lookout for a great ter Brugghen for years) and London dealer Johnny van Haeften, who won the painting with a bid of $9 million ($10,162,500 with premium). Cracked Feigen, ‘I guess we’ll see that again at Maastricht in a few months,’ a reference to the art fair in March."

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