Rembrandt self-portrait joins dispute

A 1632 self-portrait of Rembrandt is the second famous Dutch old master with a disputed connection to millionaire Louis Reijtenbagh, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

The paper says the painting was also used as collateral on a bank loan at the same time as Reijtenbagh was trying to sell it to dealers in London and the Netherlands.
Reijtenbagh did a similar trick with a painting of Amsterdam’s Herengracht canal by Gerrit Berckheyde. Although apparently owned by the Rijks museum, both JP Morgan Chase and ABN Amro are claiming ownership.
The Volkskrant bases its claims about the Rembrandt on court documents. JP Morgan Chase is also claiming the self portrait and a third work by Alberto Giacometti, the paper says.
The self portrait was offered for sale at last year’s Tefaf art fair in Maastricht for €18m, the paper says.

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