A uncommon Botticelli portrait offered for $92.2 million (Rs 6,722 million) at auction at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday, a world report for any work by the Italian artist.
The Renaissance artist’s “Young Man Holding a Roundel” is one in every of solely round a dozen of his portraits identified to outlive right this moment. Sandro Botticelli’s large-scale “Birth of Venus” and “Primavera” work are displayed in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.
Sotheby’s stated it was one of the vital vital and invaluable portraits of any interval ever to seem at public sale.
The $92.2 million worth on the public sale, carried out by bidders on the cellphone and on-line, included a purchaser’s premium. The id of the customer was not instantly identified.The 15th-century work, which has additionally been generally known as “Young Man Holding a Medallion,” had carried a presale estimate of $80 million, and Sotheby’s had thought it would fetch greater than $100 million.
“There are a number of artists that … are Olympian really in their genius. And Botticelli is one of those,” Christopher Apostle, director of Old Masters work on the public sale home, stated forward of Thursday’s public sale.
Sotheby’s stated, “Young Man Holding a Roundel” was acquired for $1.three million by its earlier, unidentified proprietor at an public sale in 1982 within the United Kingdom.
It exhibits an unknown younger man, seemingly a member of Florence’s elite within the late 15th century, wearing a easy tunic with a blue sky behind him and holding a roundel, or medallion.