A portrait study by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), recently re-discovered on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will be offered at Christie’s Old Master & British Paintings sale on July 8. Bought by Fr. James MacLeod at an antiques shop in Cheshire for just £400 twelve years ago the work is estimated at £300,000-500,000. It is a preparatory sketch for van Dyck’s full-length group portrait of The Magistrates of Brussels painted in 1634-35.
The proceeds of the sale will go towards the acquisition of new church bells for Whaley Hall Ecumenical Retreat House in Derbyshire to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
UPDATE: THE WORK FAILED TO SELL