The Rothschilds of France have a lot of great pictures. They even have a number of Rembrandts including this pair of portraits Marten Soolmans and his wife that the family wants to sell for €150m.
France’s Tribune of Art is very unhappy that the national authorities have passed on trying to acquire the works for France:
According to our information, even if Berjot Vincent, director of heritage, assured us that the discussion had been collective, the President of Louvre has chosen to allow the export of two Rembrandt paintings 1 , considering that the museum did not have the means to acquire them. The works have not even been submitted to the opinion of the Advisory Commission of national treasures.
The abandonment of Rembrandt Rothschild, the end of national treasures (The Art Tribune)