A portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, celebrated in movies starring Cate Blanchett, has been valued at as much as 1 million pounds ($2 million) for a London sale by Sotheby's on Nov. 22.
The 16th-century queen gave the picture to Griffith Hampden, the Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, on a visit to Hampden House, and it is being sold by a Hampden trust, Sotheby's said in an e-mail. The image dates from the 1560s and may have been painted by the Antwerp artist Steven van der Meulen to show to potential suitors, Sotheby's said.
Elizabeth, who ruled England from 1558 until her death in 1603, never married and was known as the virgin queen. The films featuring Blanchett portray her love affairs. Portraits of Elizabeth I are rarely auctioned though Christie's International earlier this year sold a miniature image by Nicholas Hilliard.
The life-sized portrait of Elizabeth I went on show today at Sotheby's on Bond Street and will be part of a sale of British art on Nov. 22.
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