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Image: Claude Gellée, called Claude Lorrain (1600-1682), A Capriccio of an Italianate Harbour at Sunset.
Purchased through Nicholas Hall for a client at Christie's, London in 2001 for £1,103,750. A larger, later Italianate Harbour Scene at Sunrise by Claude Lorrain was sold at Christie's, London in December 2013 for £4,450,000.