Rembrandt for sale

LONDON. Rembrandt’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet, 1657, is up for sale, after the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam failed to buy it from Penrhyn Castle in north Wales. The museum raised £26.4m ($50m), with support from the Dutch government, but its offer was rejected by the Penrhyn trustees in March. It is believed that the trustees were looking for around £40m ($80m). London art agent Stephen Somerville, who acts for Penrhyn, told us that the Rembrandt is “not being actively marketed” for the moment, although serious offers might be considered. The painting had been on short-term loan to the Rijksmuseum, but was returned to Penrhyn last year and is now on view in the Breakfast Room (the castle belongs to the National Trust). M.B.

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