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  • Who: Rubens The Massacre of the Innocents

  • What: Most expensive painting by an Old Master sold at auction

  • Where: United Kingdom

The most expensive Old Master painting sold at auction is The Massacre of the Innocents by Rubens (1577-1640) which was sold at Sotheby's, London, UK for £49.5 million ($76.7 million) on 10 July 2002 to David Thomson, chairman of the Thomson newspaper empire.

The painting measures 142 x 182 cm (56 x 72 in) on panel and was painted by Peter Paul Rubens between 1609 and 1611 shortly after the painter's return to Italy. In 2003 David Thomson loaned it to London's National Gallery for three years, after which it will be housed at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada.


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