Liz Taylor-owned Dutch master coming to NY auction

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Dame Elizabeth Taylor. (PRNewsFoto/House of Taylor Jewelry, Inc.)

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen life was often upstaged by her stormy personal life, died on March 23, 2011 at age 79. (PRNewsFoto/House of Taylor Jewelry, Inc.) (AP Photo)

A New York City auction will feature a 17th century portrait that hung in Elizabeth Taylor's Bel Air home. It was only recently reattributed to the Dutch master Frans Hals .

"Portrait of a Man" will be offered Wednesday at Christie's. The presale estimate is up to $1 million.

In 1974, a scholar attributed it to one of Hals' followers, based on a photo of the work.

Christie's says it was reattributed to Hals last year by a former curator at Holland's Frans Hals Museum.

Taylor received the painting from her art dealer father.

Christie's London will sell other paintings from Taylor's collection on Feb. 7-8.

The Hals work was the only Old Master in her collection.

The actress died in March at age 79.

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