This is not the first time that the painter Julio Romero de Torres has taken a top spot in one of Durán's sales. Just this January, this elegant portrait of a young woman reach an incredible $27 000 (€25 000) in the saleroom.

Julio Romero de Torres, Mujer morena Julio Romero de Torres, Mujer morena

In 2007, a painting by Julio Romero de Torres entitled Fuensanta sold $1 210 000 (£827 000) at Sotheby's in London.

Realistic Cordoba painter de Torries (1864-1930) is renowned for the way he captured Spanish women. There is a soft, dreamlike quality to de Torres' work, the subjects are typically at the centre of the composition, blended into the background, blurring the lines between reality and dreams.

Julio Romero de Torres, Señorita Berot Julio Romero de Torres, Señorita Berot

The work going under the gavel on March 23 is a perfect example of de Torre's enchanting works. The woman depicted is Señorita Berot, sat in front of a row of buildings with a guitar resting on her lap. There is an air of mystery to Señorita Berot's smile, is she about to pick up the guitar to play it? Or has she retired it for the night?

Other renowned Spanish and European artists will be featured in Durán's sale including Martín Chirico, Joan Miró Ferrá, Salvador Dalí and Tamara de Lempicka. Check out more here.

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