Stamp-sized Elizabeth I miniature paintings to fetch $130,000

Published on November 17th, 2009 | by Admin


A pair of miniature paintings believed to have been commissioned by Elizabeth I to mark the end of her relationship with Robert Dudley are set to hit the auction block.

Just 3/4 of an inch high, the stamp-sized pair is expected to fetch up to £80,000 when sold at Bonhams in London on November 25.

Elizabeth I often commissioned miniatures as personal gifts but Camilla Lombardi of Bonhams said it was likely these were made to mark the end of the affair.

She said: “They can be dated to 1575, a pivotal year in their relationship.

“It is the year when Robert Dudley finally gave up his hope of marrying Queen Elizabeth I.”

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2 Responses to Stamp-sized Elizabeth I miniature paintings to fetch $130,000

  1. Hels says:

    The miniature portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley are just exquisite. They are so small and so fine that the artist must have been using a brush with only 2 hairs on it.

    Where have the two miniatures been, since 1575?

    And why are they being sold on the open market, instead of putting them into an important public collection?

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