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Orazio Gentileschi's Danaë (1621) will arrive at Sotheby's New York this January with an estimate of $25 to $35 million. The 17th-century painting provides a lens to reflect on just how far the Old Masters market has come in the past few decades.

The painting, which has an extensive exhibition history, including shows at the Getty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Yale University, also has an interesting past in terms of provenance.

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Neither his wife nor his children knew of the terrible secret eating away at the Frenchman who stole a Rembrandt and kept it hidden in his bedroom for a decade and a half.

But when Patrick Vialaneix turned up at a police station a free man to confess his secret, he surely knew his life was about to spectacularly unravel.

Far from freeing himself from the pernicious influence of the Child with a Soap Bubble, Mr Vialaneix is embroiled in a legal and emotional web that could take years to resolve.

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