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Old Masters Hold Their Own

The Christie’s mid-season sale of Old Master paintings in New York on Sept. 30 realized $1.6 million and was 80 percent sold by dollar. Of 107 lots on offer, 72, or 67 percent, found buyers.

NEW YORK—The Christie’s mid-season sale of Old Master paintings in New York on Sept. 30 realized $1.6 million and was 80 percent sold by dollar. Of 107 lots on offer, 72, or 67 percent, found buyers.

The top price was $144,000 (estimate: $30,000/50,000), for the oil-on-canvas An architectural fantasy with artists sketching . . ., by François de Nomé (also called Monsu Desidero, circa 1593-1644).

The second-best price was $84,000 (estimate: $20,000/30,000), for the painting

A Wooded Landscape with Figures, by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788); and $78,000 (estimate: $60,000/80,000), for A Mediterranean Port with Fisherman, attributed to “the circle of Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-89).

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