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    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.