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Finally, The Netherlands and France have reached an agreement to buy two Rembrandt fabrics half owned by the French part of the Rothschild banking family.
The agreement has come after a week of disputes between both countries, each of which has appealed to national pride to stay with the portraits of the flamingo couple formed by Maerten Soolmas and Oopien Coppit, for which 160 million euros will be paid.
The French State did not declare the works national treasures, so Baron Éric de Rothchild, heir to the works, obtained a sales permit. When the Louvre and the French Ministry of Culture announced that they could not buy them, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Dutch Government bid for them. Finally a never-before-seen deal has been struck whereby the paintings will be hung in turns in both art rooms.
The Dutch Minister of Culture, Jet Bussemaker, has stated that the sale was agreed during the UN General Assembly, which has been held during these days in New York, between the leaders of both countries, Mark Rutte (Holland) and François Hollande.
Faced with the possibility that these works would be lost, the French holder of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, received harsh criticism. When the Hague announced last week that they were capable of raising 160 million euros, Pellerin offered them to pay 80 million euros and in this way not to separate the works.
Tables must always be presented together, the Rothchild family has given their approval, although at the moment they have not signed any contracts.
The Parliament Barrier.
The Dutch Congress has had to approve an item of 80 million euros for the purchase of the paintings. The extreme right, the pensioners' party and two independent deputies voted against it, arguing that it was better to dedicate that amount of money to the needs of the elderly and dependents. From an economic perspective, it remains to be seen if the Government will bear the costs of the 80 million euros, since the paintings will be exhibited in shifts in the Louvre and in the Rijksmuseum, "so why should the state bear all the expense if there are individuals who can contribute," explained the Dutch Minister of Finance and President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
Maerten Soolsmans and his future wife, Oopjen Coppit, were immortalized in 1634 by Rembrandt. Until 1877 the works were in the possession of a family of Dutch merchants. Were sold to the Rothschilds for a value of 1.5 million guilders, which are equivalent to about 30 million euros currently. Soolmans came to Amsterdam from Antwerp and soon became rich.