Frans Francken the Younger painting sold for 1.5 mn euros

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A painting by Flemish painter Frans Francken the Younger (1581-1642) went under the hammer on Saturday for nearly 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million), over ten times the expected sale price, the auctioneers said.

The large panel painting The Crossing of the Red Sea was acquired by a "great European collector", the Boisseau-Pomez auction house said without giving the buyer's nationality.

"We had the attention of buyers all over the world," auctioneer Thierry Pomez said in a statement, adding that the work had been kept in one family for many years.

Frans Francken II, who came from a family of illustrious painters from Antwerp, specialised in works with historical, mythological or allegorical themes.

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