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A portrait of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the 10th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, has sold at auction in England for a record price.
Axar.az reports that the portrait, which was initially sold for 60,000 pounds (about 691,000 Turkish lira or 142,500 manat), was sold for 350,000 pounds (about 830,000 manat or 4 million Turkish lira), Kult.az reports. The buyer will pay 438 thousand pounds (about one million 100 thousand manats or five million Turkish lira) for the portrait, including taxes.
The portrait, which is believed to have been painted in the late 16th and early 17th centuries and is considered a very rare work, measures 44.5x39.8 centimeters with a copper frame. The portrait is said to have been taken at the height of Suleiman the Magnificent's 43 years after defeating the Safavids in Iraq and the Crusaders in the Preveze naval battle.
The portrait, which is thought to shed light on the exchange of art between the Ottomans and the Venetians, has been kept in a special collection by a French family since the 19th century.
A total of 183 works were submitted to the auction on "Islamic world and Indian arts."
A 17th-century portrait of Mihrimah Sultan, the daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the Holy Quran and pages from different periods, and various Ottoman-era rugs and carpets were also sold at the auction.
2021.03.31 / 23:16