A new analysis shows that a painting, owned by Britain’s National Trust since 2010, is a genuine self-portrait by famed Dutch Master Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
The artist, who died in 1669, often used himself as a model. The painting, which is currently on display in the former home of the English privateer Sir Francis Drake, has long been the subject of debate about who actually painted it, BBC notes.
While some experts concluded that Rembrandt had painted the picture, others ascribed it to one of his students. Now, a new analysis by art expert Ernst van de Wetering has identified Rembrandt as the artist. That puts the value of the paint at a potential £20 million.
It is the only painting by Rembrandt owned by the National Trust. The painting will be submitted for more detailed testing later this year.
In February a thief was captured after trying to return a Salvador Dali painting worth $150,000 he stole from a Manhattan gallery. After realizing that he’d been caught on video swiping the painting, he mailed it back to the gallery, leaving an incriminating fingerprint on the canvass.
Last year, Water Lilies, a 1905 painting by impressionist Claude Monet sold at auction for $43.8 million.