The Market: Son of Rembrandt

Until last week the most expensive painting ever publicly auctioned was Rembrandt's Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer. The top bidder in 1961 was New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the price was $2,300,000.

Then last week another Rembrandt came up for auction, a painting of the artist's son Titus done between 1645 and 1648. Much smaller than the Met's Aristotle, it is a painting rich in charm, warm with sentiment. It shows an angelic child dressed in a grey-brown tunic and wearing a yellow cap topped with red and yellow plumes....

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