Bonhams Old Masters Department is internationally respected for both its approachability and its wide-ranging expertise in British and European paintings and drawings from the early Renaissance to the early 19th century. The Department has achieved some spectacular results in this field in recent years and is particularly proud of its history of having identified a number of exciting discoveries, most notably Velázquez's Portrait of a Gentleman which was sold for £2,953,250. We can furthermore boast a good number of world auction records, including: this year £449,000 for William Larkin's Portrait of Thomas Pope and £317,000 for Jacopo Zucchi's The Holy Family with the infant Saint John the Baptist; while last year we sold William Dobson's Self-portrait for £1,106,500, which is currently on loan to Tate Britain having just hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2013 Bonhams achieved £17,106,500 for Jean Honoré Fragonard's Portrait of the Duc d'Harcourt , which was a global world record for an Old Master that year.
Old Master Paintings sale, 6 December 2017