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    At Christie's, the London art auctioneers, a sale of famous works of art will take place on Friday (December 8) - VISNEWS today (Wednesday) filmed the three major masterpieces which will go under the hammer: Titian's "Salome" - holding the tray with the head of Saint John the Baptist; Rubens' "Self Portrait of the Artist" and Georges de la Tour's "La Rixe des Musiciens" - translated as "The Beggars' Brawl" and showing a fight among street musicians.

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    At Christie's, the London art auctioneers, a sale of famous works of art will take place on Friday (December 8) - VISNEWS today (Wednesday) filmed the three major masterpieces which will go under the hammer: Titian's "Salome" - holding the tray with the head of Saint John the Baptist; Rubens' "Self Portrait of the Artist" and Georges de la Tour's "La Rixe des Musiciens" - translated as "The Beggars' Brawl" and showing a fight among street musicians.

    SYNOPSIS: Christie's, the London art auctioneers are to put under the hammer three famous masterpieces. Two days before the auction, potential buyers. journalists and the general public viewed the works.

    Georges de la Tour's "La Rixe des Musicians" (The Beggars' Brawl). (PAUSE) Until 1928, this painting was believed to have been executed by Italy's Caravaggio - but since then, the picture has been authenticated as being by the French artist, who was born exactly fifty years after Caravaggio's death. This is not surprising, as La Tour, although well-known in his day, was forgotten, and not rediscovered until well into this century - when this picture was recatalogued.

    Titian's "Salome" - bearing the dish with the head of Saint John the Baptist. First identified in the seventeenth century, it has belonged to Charles the First of England; Emperors Leopold the first, and Charles the Sixth of Austria; and the Counts Raczynski of Poland. It is being sold by Christie's as "the property of a Gentleman".

    Rubens's "Self Portrait" - circa 1628, first thought a copy, finally authenticated after world war two.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9PM1FQ72RR1CDEMV1DGAGAHBJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9PM1FQ72RR1CDEMV1DGAGAHBJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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