El Greco sets new record at London auction

4th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

El Greco's 400 year-old painting "Saint Dominic in Prayer" on Wednesday broke the record for a Spanish Old Master, selling at a London auction for £9,154,500 ($14,000,000, 10,750,000 euros).

The painting was one of two El Greco works on sale at the sale, said Alex Bell, worldwide head of Sotheby's Old Master Paintings.

It went under the hammer following a "tenacious" battle between bidders, he added.

The painting represents the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order kneeling and praying besides a crucifix under a dark and swirling sky.

Executed in 15th-century Toledo, it also features the crucifix which El Greco often used in paintings showing saints in devotion.

The London auction attracted a record number of collectors from Asia and the Middle East and generated £35,048,000 in total sales.

© 2013 AFP

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