A recent auction at London’s Sotheby’s saw a four-way bidding war for J.M.W Turner’s “Rome, from Mount Aventine” end in an anonymous telephone bidder winning by bidding $47 million.
The $47 million that the piece fetched now holds the record for the highest price paid at an auction for a painting created before 1900 by a British Artist.
“Rome, from Mount Aventine” is considered to be Turner’s greatest accomplishment. It was painted in Italy in 1828.
Turner has been enjoying a resurgence in the popularity of his art with the popular biopic Mr. Turner recently seeing a wide theatrical release.