Hejtmanek, from Prague, the Czech Republic, sells on 1 December 2016 a "Johann Spilberg, ca. 1650" Judith and Holofernes, a large canvas (192 by 152 cm) estimated at 260,000 Euro.
Contrary to my usual posts, I have nothing to correct or add to this, I just wanted to bring this major work to the attention of art lovers who don't normally look at Czech auctions.
Johann or Johannes Spilberg (1619-1690) was German, but got his education in Amsterdam where he produced arguably his best work (he was meant to be pupil of Rubens, but arrived in Antwerp just when the master had died). A student of Govert Flinck, he was a classical Rembrandtian painter. His best work was produced between 1640 and 1650 and is relatively scarce on the market.
The work for sale now is one of the largest and most impressive to come onto the market for years, and has an impeccable provenance:, as it was part of the English Royal Collection from the time of Charles II until 1894, when it went to the collection of Tsar Nicholas II.
What's this Judith worth? The estimate seems fairly conservative for a work most museums of Old Master paintings would love to have. It would probably have been worth more if Judith had been more undressed or more fierce, but it still is an exceptional chance to acquire a work of this scale and quality from this rare painter.
UPDATE: sold for 350,000 Euro (430,000 Euro costs included), clearly above estimate, and apparently the fourth highest price an Old Master ever fetched in Czechia. Nice!