Sotheby’s to Offer Rare Manet Self-Portrait for £20 MillionBy timbaysinger • • Category: Collect, New & Noteworthy
Next month, Sotheby’s London will offer up a portrait by one of the most iconic figures in art history, Edouard Manet. Self-Portrait with a Palette is estimated between £20 million to £30 million.
Described as “one of the greatest self-portraits in the entire cannon of art history,” by Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s Charles Moffett, this particular masterpiece was painted circa 1878, at a time when Manet was at the height of popularity. Self-Portrait with a Palette combines all the intricacies of Manet that cemented his place at the pinnacle of art history. Featuring a subtle reference to the Old Masters that is infused with a “modern” touch, this piece blends two eras seamlessly.
The value of this piece is confirmed by its star-studded roster of former owners, including Auguste Pallerin, Jacob Goldschmidt, and John Loeb. Combined with the fact that important works from Manet seldom show up on the market and Self-Portrait with a Palette is one of the most significant pieces to ever come to auction. In fact, this is one of only two self-portraits by Manet, and the only one in private hands; the other is currently displayed at the Bridgestone Museum of Art in Tokyo.
Self-Portrait with a Palette is part of Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, which will take place on June 22nd.