This is thought to be a previously unrecorded portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England Courtesy of Bonhams

This was thought to be just a grubby 17th century portrait of an unknown woman by an unknown artist.

But when a restorer cleaned off the overpainting, the face that emerged looked uncannily like Queen Elizabeth I of England.

So is it or isnt it the Virgin Queen? The Yale Center for British Art think it is—earlier this year, experts at Yale were shown the oil on panel by Bonhams, which will offer the work for sale in its Old Master paintings sale in London on 4 December with an estimate of £150,000 to £250,000.

It is thought to have been painted around 1562, just after Elizabeth came to the throne, and Andrew McKenzie, Bonhamss director of Old Masters, says that from her accession onwards “[Elizabeth] and her court were acutely alive to the importance and possibilities of presentation—wed call it brand management today—and this portrait is among the verRead More – Source