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Getty acquires Baroque masterpiece by Orazio Gentileschi

Getty acquires Baroque masterpiece by Orazio Gentileschi

On Tuesday, Sotheby’s auction house feted the J. Paul Getty Museum at a private dinner at its New York showroom, with European Renaissance, Baroque and Old Master paintings from its next sale as an elegant backdrop.

At Thursday’s sale, the Getty returned the gesture -- in a manner of speaking -- acquiring Orazio Gentileschi’s Baroque masterpiece “Danaë” (circa 1621), paying $30.49 million (with buyer’s premium) for the sumptuous canvas. The hammer price was $27 million, at the low end of the $25 million to $35 million estimate.

The Gentileschi ranks among the most important European painting acquisitions the Getty has made in recent...

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