The portrait is amazing in every way. It Muhammad shows dervish Khan, one of the three ambassadors sent by Tipu Sultan, ruler of the South Indian state of Mysore, and Paris: was in 1788, on the eve of the French Revolution, and the Sultan, the military help from king Louis XVI of France against the British colonial hoped. Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun was the most famous painter in Europe, at the court, she was a favourite of Queen Marie-Antoinette, she has portrayed again and again. Now you want to Mohammed dervish Khan painting which was in Paris the talk of the town – and it succeeded. He was the ostentatious man and a Muslim woman in a male – dominated field-an unheard-of combination. A little later, the story takes its course. Vigée Le Brun fled already, in 1789, after the storming of Versailles, France.

for the First time, is your image of the proud Ambassadors already in 1814 from the estate of her husband, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Le Brun auctioned; last then in 1908, since then it was privately owned. Now it is the showpiece of the evening auction of Old Masters at Sotheby’s in New York on 30.January, with the strong expectation of four to six million dollars – and without protection by a guarantee. It brings out a number of works by painters, Sotheby’s, boldly announced “The Female Triumphant”. Including a painting of “Saint Sebastian” with his assistants, Irene, and Lucina, which was recently associated with the works of Artemisia Gentileschi. This write-up should find their followers, could be the estimate of 400,000 to 600,000 Dollar also history.

Raphael and Rubens are to be seen

Also in the old master drawings on the same day, scores of Sotheby’s. There the re-discovered pen and ink drawing of a “Standing soldier in armor, in profile, appears” from the collection of Giuseppe Vallardi (1784 to 1863) in Milan. The 27-time is 17.5 inches measuring at the end of the sheet is from experts, now the new, Raphael, attributed to a expectation of 800,000 to 1.2 million dollars. With 2.5 to 3.5 million dollars, the “study of a naked young man with raised arms” by Rubens is quantified. It belongs to a group of drawings once in the collection of Wilhelm II, king of the Netherlands, and his Russian wife, Anna Pavlovna were; now, she has the Dutch Royal house.