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Art Theft

Is Christie's worried about these? If not they should be given Stunt's attempt to make the crown Prince an accessory to commit fraud.

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An exquisite collection with an Ecclestone connection.

The James Stunt sell-off continues at Christie’s this Thursday, as it offers six paintings from “an Important Private Collection” as part of its evening Old Masters auction.

The businessman is not named in the provenance but there is little doubt that he is the seller. Stunt is recently divorced from Petra Ecclestone, with whom he had an estimated £5.5 billion joint fortune.

One of his assets is his art collection, which favours British period portraiture in the grand manner. Stunt was one of the biggest buyers of this genre but, earlier this year, he sold (again anonymously) three portraits by Anthony van Dyck for £1.6 million, at Christie’s New York.

Leading his sales in London this week is another painting by van Dyck, estimated at £2-3 million, The Cheeke Sisters: Essex, Countess of Manchester, and Anne, Lady Rich.

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