A striking portrait of Gabrielle de Bourbon (1460-1516) auctioned from the collection of the late art investor Cesare Barbieri for $50,000 on February 10.
The solemn work, which is believed to hail from the 16th century, has not yet been attributed to a specific artist.
However, the rich detail and bold colour use, as well as the sitter's considerable social status, suggest that the piece is the work of a highly skilled and possibly prominent portrait painter.
Having been given a $6,000 high estimate, Gabrielle de Bourbon's portrait exceeded all expectations when it brought $50,000 - up 733.3% on the valuation.
As an unusually large amount of archival material still exists about her life, Gabrielle de Bourbon, the daughter of Louis I Count of Montpensier (1405-1486), remains of considerable interest to contemporary historians.
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