The Painting Behind The Painting

Dennis Savill was inspecting a painting by Lloyd Rees at Sotheby’s when he noticed a second piece of canvas tacked under the painting. He paid $94,500 for the 1957 oil, then took it to a conservateur who removed the canvases from their frame and discovered another Rees behind the first. It might even be a better painting than the painting Savill thought he was buying.