Old Master paintings and drawings from the collection of Alfred Taubman brought in $24.1 million at Sotheby’s in New York last night. The top was was Valentin de Boulogne’s The Crowning with Thorns which sold for $5.2 million and set one of six new artist records. Raphael’s Portrait of Valerio Belli – Just 4¾” in Diameter – made $3.3 million as did The Blue Page, Thomas Gainsborough’s portrait of his nephew. The annual Masters Week auctions in New York are continuing. All images courtesy Sotheby’s. (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 5, 2015).