Largest Dutch print collection to be auctioned

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Drawings and paintings from Professor of Art History, I.Q. van Regteren Altena, the oldest private, Dutch owned collection, will be auctioned. The artwork will be auctioned in four auctions in Amsterdam, London, and Paris, starting July. The yield of 800 works of famous 16th to 19th century artists is anticipated at €12 million.

The Altena heirs gave the Rijksmuseum first choice of works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goltzius, Jacob de Gheyn II, J.A. Knip, and many other famous artists. With donations from several mayor funds and a private benefactor, the museum chose works from Jacob de Gheyn II and J.A. Knip. The heirs, who had previously already donated drawings from the collection, again graced the Rijksmuseum with a collection of 69 drawings of 19th century Dutch artists in Italy. The museum is very pleased with their newest additions, according to the collections director, Taco Dibbits. The new acquisitions will be displayed in the museum in the Fall.