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    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The musée du Louvre is auctioning 24 exceptional lots with Christie’s and support of the Hôtel Drouot. The unprecendent online Bid for the Louvre auction will be held on Christie’s online platform from December 1-15. The sale of contemporary artworks, unique luxury pieces once in a lifetime experiences is designed to support the museum through these times and raise funds for Studio, a new space dedicated to artistic and cultural education due to open in autumn 2021. Some of the offered lots are unique. Among them is the opportunity to attend the annual examination of the Mona Lisa outside her display case, or the chance to walk through the rooftops of the Palais du Louvre in the company of the artist JR. There are works of art by contemporary artists close to the museum such as Johan Creten, Candida Höfer, Eva Jospin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pierre Soulages and Xavier Veilhan. Houses such as Cartier, Christian Dior Couture, Le Meurice, Le Ritz Paris, Louis Vuitton, Moët Hennessy, Parfums Christian Dior and Vacheron Constantin, are amongst the participants.

    UPDATE: The sale brought in 2,365,000. The top lot was an artwork by Pierre Soulages which made 1.4 million.


    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
    rem husbandrem wifeThe first ever joint acquisition of two Rembrandt masterpieces by the French and Dutch states was facilitated through Christie’s private sale channel.  The acquisition cost the Louvre 80 million euro and is the largest ever made by a French museum.  They were acquired from the French branch of the Rothschild family. The portraits of Maerten Soolmans and his wife Oopjen Coppit were executed a year after the couple’s wedding in 1634.   They will always be shown together, alternately at the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum, but will be owned separately.  They will be exhibited publicly for the first time at the Louvre in a few weeks time.  They will then be shipped to Holland for restoration.