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Perino del Vaga, The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, 1501-47, sold for $2,098,500 at Sotheby’s New York, Jan. 27, 2011
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by Paul Jeromack

The Metropolitan Museum had a good week at the annual Old Master sales at Sotheby’s New York in January. At a time when budgets are tight and acquisition funds scarce, it’s unusual for any American museum to bid directly at auction and even more exceptional for it to win -- and rarer still when both lots in question are by the same artist.