Fragonard’s Work of Art Was Bought during the Auction for 9.2 Million Dollars

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The recently discovered work of art painted by Jean-Honoré Fragonard was acquired for an amount of 9.2 million dollars during the auction, taking place on Saturday in France. The estimate turned out to be more than three times higher than its previous one of 2.4 million dollars.

At the Enchères Champagne auction, two private collectors and a dealer from London fought for this work. However, the house did not reveal the winner of the competition.

Philosopher Reading is an oval painting showing a bearded scientist. Once, it belonged to a French family who kept the art in their apartment. Interestingly, the family always believed that this piece was a minor antique. But then the auctioneer Antoine Petit discovered the painting, and it was recognized as Fragonard’s, as the artist’s signature was on the back of the frame.

The experts concluded that the paint was sometimes applied with a finger, as the strokes are fast, accurate, and expressive.

The painting is now considered the third most expensive works of Fragonard ever sold at auctions. The artist’s record is 23.7 million dollars that was set in 2013 during the sale in London.

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