NEW YORK (AP) — A 17th century portrait that hung in Elizabeth Taylor's Bel Air home has sold for $2 million at a New York City auction. It was only recently reattributed to the Dutch master Frans Hals (halz).
Christie's says "Portrait of a Man" went to a buyer bidding by phone. Its presale estimate was up to $1 million.
In 1974, a scholar attributed it to one of Hals' followers, based on a photo of the work.
Christie's says it was reattributed to Hals last year by an ex-curator at Holland's Frans Hals Museum.
Taylor received the painting from her art dealer father.
Christie's London will sell other paintings from Taylor's collection on Feb. 7-8.
The Hals was the only Old Master in her collection.
The actress died in March at age 79.