In September we told you about Rembrandt’s legendary ‘Portrait of a Man’ would be going under the hammer. Well, it did last week. And the new and extremely proud owner of this materpiece is none other than the casino mogul Steve Wynn. From what we hear, he splurged a huge and record $33.2 million at the grand auction hosted by Christie’s in London last week. Let us remind you that this painting dates back to 1658 and has the portrait of a man, half-length with his arms akimbo.
An insider told us that Mr. Wynn made the winning big over the teleophone. Though Wynn has not officially revealed that he was the winning buyer but there has been serious speculation more so after NY Times reported that he had consulted many art dealers and scholars to check their opinions of the piece before the sale.
Most of us are quite sure as far as Wynn is concerned because he is quite and art afficionado and already possess pieces by Rubens, Vermeer and Cezanne. Not just that, he also owns a Picasso masterpiece, Le Reve.