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When Rembrandt van Rijn’s Abraham and the Angels last appeared at auction, in 1848, it sold for £64 (around £7,670, or $10,500 USD, today). Come January, when the petite painting returns to the auction block for the first time in 173 years, it’s expected to fetch a substantially higher price: a staggering $20 to $30 million.

As Anny Shaw reports for the Art Newspaper, the Dutch Golden Age artist’s 1646 painting is a highlight of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale, which is scheduled for January 22 to 30. Painted four years after Rembrandt’s most famous work, The Night Watch, the religious scene measures just 6.5 by 8.375 inches, according to a Sotheby’s statement.

Read more on The Smithsonian:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-rembrandt-biblical-scene-could-fetch-30-million-auction-180976662/

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