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Modern art threatens relevancy of old masters

Peter Paul Rubens' Lot and His Daughters fetched US$58 million at Christie's London's old masters sale, the second-most expensive work ever sold at auction by the artist.

New York

AT Christie's over the last few weeks, two specialists in old master paintings and drawings quietly left the auction house.

Their departures followed a year of spotty sales, in which the values of works by old masters - a pantheon of European painters working before around