In 2013, James Stunt made waves when he purchased the world’s most expensive Van Dyck painting for £12.5 Million. The National Portrait Gallery also made a bid for the painting but fell short. As a result, the English government placed a 3 month export ban on the Van Dyck with the intention to buy it back for the country. The news inspired a massive-scale art campaign which raised 10 million pounds. Upon seeing how important the painting was to his country, Stunt withdrew his bid.