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Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish artist who produced some of the finest baroque paintings of his day. A prominent figure on the international stage, he was commissioned by the likes of Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England.

He ran a large studio in Antwerp and was known for his extravagantly styled portraits, landscapes and history paintings. Among his most famous works to have sold at auction was The Massacre of the Innocents which took £45m at Sotheby’s in July 2002.


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Rubens oil sketch discovered in northern France offered in Lille auction

04 March 2019

A rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has been discovered in a house in northern France and will come up for auction in Lille on March 31.

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Dutch royal family Rubens drawing sets $7m auction record

30 January 2019

A sketch by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) that formerly belonged to the Dutch King William II and his wife Anna Pavlovna has set an auction record for a drawing by the artist at Sotheby’s New York.

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See the Old Masters hanging out in Mayfair with Victoria Beckham

25 June 2018

Pop star-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham is displaying 16 Old Master paintings at her Dover Street store in Mayfair as part of a tie-up with auction house Sotheby’s.

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Rubens portrait emerges at South African auction house

16 June 2018

A portrait of an old man attributed to Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) has emerged at South African saleroom Stephan Welz & Co.

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‘Copy’ of Rubens sold by Met Museum now offered at Christie’s after attribution upgraded

02 May 2018

A painting thought to be a copy of a Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) portrait when it was deaccessioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now be offered at Christie’s in London with a full attribution. It will carry an estimate of £3m-5m.

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Export bar placed on Rubens’ rare 17th century painting of an African man

10 April 2018

A rare 17th century depiction of an African man in Europe by Peter Paul Rubens has been placed under a temporary export bar in an attempt to keep it in the country.

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Rubens portrait begins world tour in Dubai as auctioneer hopes to tap into Middle Eastern Old Master demand

19 March 2018

Sotheby’s has chosen Dubai to unveil a Rubens painting it plans to offer later this summer in a bid to tap into the hoped-for demand for Old Master paintings in the Middle East.

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Dealer Bendor Grosvenor discovers Rubens' Duke of Buckingham in Glasgow

25 September 2017

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor’s returning series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ has discovered a work by Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens in a National Trust property in Glasgow.

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‘School of Rubens’ panel flies at Swiss Old Masters sale

15 May 2017

Estimated at CHF9000-12,000, a panel painted in the manner of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) sold for CHF700,000 (£564,500) at Galartis SA in Crissier, Lausanne on May 5.

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Slideshow – seven key lots from New York’s Old Master auction series

31 January 2017

The latest series of Old Master auctions in New York posted a total of $52.662m (£41.8m) including premium. With Christie’s moving their main sales in this category to April, this figure was always bound to come in below the $113.3m (£78.14m) for the equivalent series last year. Yet, the auctions performed relatively well overall and provided a decent selection of individual highlights, seven of which are pictured here.

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Momentous Lot – Rubens raises the bar for an Old Master at Christie’s

08 July 2016

‘Lot and his Daughters’ by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) sold for £40m at Christie’s last night, setting a house record for an Old Master painting.

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Old Master trumps cautious estimate in Paris and soars to €1.56m

20 June 2016

A painting catalogued as from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens soared past a cautious four-figure estimate to take €1.56m (£1.3m) at a recent Paris auction.

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Major Rubens to headline London summer sales

16 March 2016

An important work by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) will be among the leading lots on offer at this summer’s auction series in London. Lot and his Daughters from c.1613-14 will be the centrepiece of Christie’s newly launched ‘curated’ week of sales branded Classic Week in July.

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Rubens masterpiece joins the world record holders at £45m

17 July 2002

History was made at Sotheby’s July 10 Old Master Paintings sale when Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ long-lost masterpiece, The Massacre of the Innocents, sold in the room to the Mayfair-based book dealer Sam Fogg for £45m, the highest auction price ever achieved for a work of art in the UK.

Ashmolean wins Rubens oil sketch

14 May 2002

THE Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has just acquired an important oil sketch by Sir Peter Paul Rubens thanks to grants from the National Arts Collection Fund and the Resource V&A Purchase Fund.

Lost Rubens could make as much as £20m

04 March 2002

Sotheby’s July 11 Old Master sale will include the re-discovered Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) oil on panel The Massacre of the Innocents, pictured right.