Next week's Old Masters sale in New York includes a Titian, a Rubens, and an unusual portrait of a man with a Hebrew tablet proclaiming the Torah. Here are some highlights to tickle your checkbook:
Titian could do it all -- portraits, altarpieces, mythologies -- and his art was so highly valued in his lifetime that he kept kings waiting for his work. But be forewarned: He had a big workshop, and his hand here may be confined to the Madonna and Child.
Estimate: $15 to $20 million, the highest in the sale. Yet the last high for a Titian was $70 million in a 2004 private sale for a portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos paid by the Getty, which, though it may still be a buyer, is selling eight works here. Why's that?
Also up for grabs: a French papier-mache diorama and a door-knocker in the shape of a frog, the kind of things you might find at a flea market. Sadly, too, there are remains from the Fresno Museum of Art, which shuttered its doors during the current collapse of the economy. Cleveland, take note.
Sotheby's, York Avenue and 71st Street. Exhibition: January 22 through 26. Sale: January 27 and 28.