World record for a Danish work of art at auction

Sotheby’s held their annual Scandinavian sale (a section of their European nineteenth century paintings auction) on Wednesday.  Their star lot was an exquisite oil, Interior, Strandgade 30 by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi.  The painting made £2 million against a pre-sale estimate of £700,000-£900.000, a new world record for the artist and for any Danish artist at auction.  This tranquil, beautifully painted work depicting Hammershøi’s Copenhagen flat fully deserved a strong price and is proof again that Hammershøi is up there on the international stage.

Vilhelm Hammershoi, Interior at Strandgade 30.

Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916), Interior at Strandgade 30,

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