London, 6 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
A portrait by Fragonard has sold for $27.9 million in London at auction house Bonhams.
The work is part of the collection of Dr. Rau, who died in 2002 and bequeathed an important section of his works to UNICEF Germany. UNICEF raised $31 million at the sale, the large majority of which came from the sale of the Fragonard painting.
This year, UNICEF hopes to raise $161 million through the sale of the works from Dr. Rau’s collection.
Dordogne, 16 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
A painting by Jean Honoré Fragonard has recently been authenticated during restoration work at the Château de Hautefort in Dordogne, central France.
According to restorer Claudine Pasticos, the style of the piece is typical of Fragonard. The painting is part of David-David Weill’s collection, who bought it from a Fragonard collector, as reported in French daily paper Le Parisien.
If the authenticity of the work is confirmed, it will be worth 2 M€.
No signature appears on the painting, but the restorer, who examined it in detail, declares the letter “F” is hidden under the paint.