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With an asking price of 8m euros at the stand of art dealers Dickinson, The Sacrifice of Iphigenia by Jan Steen was the first really big ticket sale of the TEFAF Maastricht fair.

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But it was another picture on their stand facing the entrance that proved the first really big ticket sale of the fair when by the morning of the third day a red sticker had appeared on the painting seen here, The Sacrifice of Iphigenia by Jan Steen (1625-1679).

Painted in 1671, the painting was once owned by the great 18th century English portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds and by 1928 it was in the collection of Jacques Gouddstikker in Holland. Its asking price was in the region of 8m euros.