Dobson self-portrait sold

Today was a big day for William Dobson fans. One of only three known self-portraits came up for auction at Bonhams’ Old Master Paintings sale in London, following some great media promotion, including a turn as featured painting in Bonham’s sale advert in a major British newspaper!

self portrait

The posted estimate was between £200,000 and £300,000, but it eventually sold for a staggering total of £1,106,500*! Considering a Dobson portrait of Charles I was given the same estimate a few year ago, but achieved just over £200,000, this price is astonishing, and shows an encouraging upturn in appreciation for the artist and his works. We have no information as yet who bought it, and if, as likely, it was a private collector, this information will likely remain confidential, so we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that it won’t be another thirty years or more before we see it in public again…:(


*Including premium (a percentage paid to the auction house on top of the sale price). The hammer price for this portrait was £920,000.


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  1. Whoa!

    I hate it when significant works go to private collectors. They belong in public galleries.



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