Bishop conducted further research and found that the original work had not been seen in public since 1888. Lievens described in a collectors’ catalog from the second half of the nineteenth century a match in the drawing shown. Bishop had a bite.
But he wasn’t the only one who discovered the drawing. At the auction in October 2020, interested parties opposed each other and the price went up to the ceiling. The auctioneer sighed when he hit $200,000: “It looks like we underestimated him.” At $300,000, two bidders remained. Bishop came out on top, paying more than $500,000 to work with auction costs.
After further research to prove the work’s authenticity and restoration to bring it back to its original condition as possible, it will go on sale next week at one of the world’s most important art galleries.
Interested in museums
Tefaf manager Hidde van Seggelen is pleased with this. says in Radio NOS 1 News†
According to Van Seggelen, there is a great deal of interest in painting among museums. “They come from inside and out to look at it.”
He explains that the work is about the history of the Netherlands, but it is also about the history of art. “Graphics are often the basis for paintings, but also for prints. You can also see that here. A large number of prints have been made.” Levins’ drawing was also an inspiration For other artists†