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Self-portrait by Rembrandt sold for HK$144 mn

(File photo) A self-portrait by Dutch painter Rembrandt was sold for £14.5 million, breaking his record for portraits. (AP)

A self-portrait by the Dutch artist Rembrandt was sold at Sotheby's London on Tuesday (July 28) for £14.5 million (HK$144 million), breaking his record for a portrait.

Titled "Self-portrait, Wearing a Ruff and Black Hat," the painting was sold for £14.5 million after ten bids from six buyers, easily beating the £6.9 million (HK$68.94 million) record set by Rembrandt for a self-portrait in 2006.

This is one of three Rembrandt self-portraits still in private hands, completed in 1632 when he was only 26 years old and just starting to make a name for himself in Amsterdam.

In the painting, Rembrandt is dressed in black, with a pure white crease around his neck, demonstrating his mastery of self-representation.

This is a typical formal dress in Rembrandt's paintings, but not his everyday attire. This paint is one of only two self-portraits of Rembrandt wearing such formal attire.

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