An ultra-rare portrait from the famed Italian painter Sandro Botticelli might fetch $80 million or even more when it comes in place for sale at giving Sotheby’s on Thursday, by You.
The auction marks the very first major test of the art market this season, as well as the willingness of worldwide collectors to spend eight or nine figures for trophy works during the health crisis as well as market volatility. When it does nicely, it may help enhance the reputation as well as prices for Old Master paintings at a moment when almost all of big money in the art community is actually chasing newer, flashier succeeds from contemporary and post-war artists.
“There is an interested worldwide audience as well as interest in this particular painting,” stated Charles Stewart, CEO of Sotheby’s.
The Botticelli painting, referred to as “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” is believed to experience been painted approximately 1480. It is one of more or less a dozen portraits linked to Botticelli and one of merely a handful in private hands.
The seller is actually reported to become the estate of late property billionaire Sheldon Solow, whom bought the piece found in 1982 for $1.2 million.
To promote the work throughout the pandemic, Sotheby’s viewable the painting all over the world to collectors and possible bidders.
“The young man in the painting has completed more travel during Covid than most likely anyone we know,” Stewart said.
Botticelli is most known for “Birth of Venus,” which portrays the Roman goddess emerging out of a seashell. The previous record for the work of his was the 2013 sale of “madonna and Kid with Young Saint John the Baptist” for $10.4 zillion.
The job will be a portion of Sotheby’s “Master Paintings & Sculpture” marketing on Thursday.