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Jump-bidding for Rembrandt’s fingerprints and a tale of two Van Dycks: dispatches from London’s Old Master auctions

Rembrandt’s Study of the head and clasped hands of a young man as Christ in prayer (around 1655)
Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Van Dycks are like buses—you wait years for a full-length portrait of Princess Mary, then two come along at once. This must have gone through the minds of Sotheby’s specialists when,

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