The Isaac Israels portrait sold for €120,000 (£109,090) at Wendl.

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The 21 x 15in (55 x 38cm) early-20th century oil on canvas was the work of the Dutch artist Isaac Israels and came from a German collection.

Paris move

Like many aspiring painters of his day, Israels moved to Paris soon after the turn of the century.

His studio was close to those of Toulouse Lautrec and Degas, who were both to have an influence on his work, as was the German artist Max Liebermann, with whom he had worked while still in the Netherlands.

Paintings by Israels regularly bring six-figure prices, so the modest guide of €9000 attracted more than a handful of hopeful bidders.

Twenty phone bidders plus the room pushed the price to a very respectable €120,000 (£109,090) at the auction held on March 5-7. It sold to a European trade buyer.

Krasner Abstract

Plenty of takers also competed for a 19 x 21in (49 x 54cm) Abstract Composition which had a guide of €8000. It was executed by the American artist Lee Krasner and possibly dated 1942.

If the partly illegible date was interpreted correctly by the auction house, it was painted soon after Krasner – who later went on to marry Jackson Pollock – first showed her works at a public exhibition.

It sold at Wendl for €33,000 (£30,000).