The oil on panel from c.1525-27, which sold for £8.2 million, was a record for the German Renaissance painter as it nearly doubled the price for a work by the artist's sold at auction.

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 16.24.57 Cranach the Elder, La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth)
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It topped the £6-8 million estimate as three telephone bidders from Asia, the Middle East and America fought it out for the oil panel. Eventually, the bidder from the US won the piece.

The subjects of the painting are a woman and her husband, who has accused her of being adulterous. In the painting the wife is placing her hand in the lions mouth, as the myth dictates that anyone who is lying will have their hand bitten off.

Portrait of a Boy by Ferdinand Bol from 1652, from the Collection of Castle Howard, also broke a record as it sold for £4.5 million.

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 16.26.54 Portrait of a Boy by Ferdinand Bol from 1652
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Art dealer Philip Mould, who has recently opened another gallery in Pall Mall, purchased the Portrait of Henry VIII from the Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger for $965 000.

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 16.28.21 Portrait of Henry VIII from the Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger
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Including buyers' premium, the total for the sale was £39.3 million, with 37 out of 57 lots selling, a sell rate of 65%.

More Sotheby's lots on Barnebys here.

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