Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey's "A Lady of Constantinople" was sold at 3.38 million pounds in an auction held by London's auction house Sotheby's on Friday.
The monumental masterpiece by the pre-eminent Turkish artist Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) was the cornerstone of the Orientalist sale of Sotheby's which started the auction at 2.2 million pounds.
Nationality and name of the new owner of the masterpiece was not revealed.
As a bureaucrat, archaeologist, museum director, architect, poet, writer and musician -as well as one of the most successful practitioners of Orientalism - Hamdi Bey dominated Turkish cultural life during the second half of the 19th century.
As the first Turkish painter to adopt the western style of painting, Hamdi Bey's work shows a fusion of eastern and western influences.
The artist depicts a brunette wearing a costume that reflects both Turkish values and the latest Parisian fashions in "A Lady of Constantinople".