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Hammershøi selfie fetches record price

Danish artist's star - and asking price - continues to rise on international market

Hammershøi's painting 'Ida reading a letter' commanded the highest price ever for a Danish work of art (Photo: Wikipedia)

June 11, 2014

by Ray Weaver

A self-portrait from 1911 by the well-known Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi sold yesterday for 2.8 million kroner. According to a statement from the Bruun Rasmussen auction house, that sets the world-record for the price paid for a self-portrait of the artist.

The painting was sold to a foreign art collector via the live bidding section of the auction house's website.

“Hammershøi self-portraits are extremely rare on the international auction market,” said Ksaper Nielsen, sales director at Bruun Rasmussen in a statement. “Expectations were high and we are very satisfied with the outcome.”

Record price
Bruun Rasmussen’s release about the painting suggested that Hammershøi had at one time hung the self-portrait in his home in Christianshavn in Copenhagen.

Hammershøi is regarded as one of the greatest Danish artists on the international auction market. In 2012, a private collector paid over 15 million kroner for Hammershøi’s  painting ‘Ida reading a letter’, the highest price ever paid for any Danish work of art.

The artist died in 1916.

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