Gerrit van Honthorst Record Set at Christie’s

Gerrit van Honthorst, The Duet. (Courtesy Christie's)

Gerrit van Honthorst, The Duet. (Courtesy Christie’s)

Christie’s Old Masters and 19th Century auction on June 5 raked in $6.73 million, which isn’t exactly $495 million–but hey, not bad!

The top lot was Gerrit van Honthorst’s The Duet, which sold above its high estimate for $3.37 million, setting an auction record for the artist.

“This smartly-estimated painting attracted multiple bidders on the phone and in the auction room, with four competing above $2 million,” Nicholas Hall, co-chairman of Old Masters & 19th Century Art at Christie’s, said in a statement. “We look forward to the next series of Old Master Paintings sales in London in July.”

The Duet had been looted by the Nazis during World War II and was recently returned to its rightful owners after 75 years.

Gerrit van Honthorst Record Set at Christie’s