Spain: Fight Over a Lady

Fight Over a Lady

Legend has it that the painting was once acquired by Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco as a gift for Adolf Hitler. If so, it was never delivered, and since then the 1805 portrait of a reclining beauty holding a Greek lyre has rarely been seen in public. That obscurity is now a thing of the past for . the Marquesa de Santa Cruz, a 54-in. by 78-in. painting by the famed Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes. Christie's, the London auction house, expects Goya's Marquesa to fetch a record price of more than $10 million when it is auctioned on April 11....

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