A canvas only attributed to the Netherlands in the 17th century was purchased at Cologne’s Lempertz for 100 times its low estimate of €15,000 ($20,550), a whopping €1.525 million ($2.09 million). The winning bidder is only being identified as a “prominent american collector.” The painting, sold in the house’s spring sale of Alte Kunst (old art) and titled Lasset die Kinder zu mir kommen was consigned by a private collector from Berlin.
Its astronomical result has led some to believe that rather than Lempertz’s qualification of the painting having come from the school surrounding and followers of Rembrandt, that it might actually be the real deal. An opinion in 1954 suggested the painting was by Govaert Finck. However the claim was disproved soon thereafter.