A drawing of a bear’s head by Leonardo da Vinci is seen fetching as much as $16.7 million, probably setting a report, when it heads to public sale in July, Christie’s mentioned on Saturday.
Measuring 7 cm (slightly below three inches) squared, Head of a Bear is a silverpoint drawing on a pink-beige paper. The public sale home says it’s “one of less than eight surviving drawings by Leonardo still in private hands outside of the British Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth”.
It will lead Christie’s “Exceptional Sale” on July eight in London with a value estimate of eight million to 12 million kilos($11.14 million – $16.71 million).
That might beat the 2001 sale for Da Vinci’s Horse and Rider for greater than eight million kilos, a report for a drawing by the Italian Renaissance grasp, based on Christie’s.
“I’ve each cause to imagine we’ll obtain a brand new report in July for Head of a Bear, one of many final drawings by Leonardo that may be anticipated to come back onto the market,” Stijn Alsteens, International Head of Department, Old Masters Group, Christie’s Paris, mentioned in an announcement.
The drawing’s possession will be traced to British painter Thomas Lawrence and upon his dying in 1830, it was handed to his vendor Samuel Woodburn. He offered it to Christie’s in 1860 for two.50 kilos ($three.50), based on the public sale home.
Its present proprietor has had it since 2008, it mentioned.
“Head of a Bear” will go on show at Christie’s in New York on Saturday, then in Hong Kong later within the month earlier than happening present in London in June.