An ultra rare portrait from the famed Italian painter Sandro Botticelli can fetch $80 million or even more when it comes up for sale at Sotheby’s on Thursday, by You.
The auction represents the very first major test of the art market this year, as well as the willingness of global collectors to spend 8 or maybe 9 figures for trophy works while in the health crisis as well as market volatility. When it does very well, it may possibly help enhance the track record as well as charges for Old Master paintings during a moment when nearly all of big money in the art world is actually chasing newer, flashier succeeds coming from post-war and contemporary artists.
“There is an engaged global audience as well as interest for this particular painting,” stated Charles Stewart, CEO of Sotheby’s.
The Botticelli painting, called “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” is considered to enjoy been painted approximately 1480. It’s one of about a dozen portraits attributed to Botticelli and one particular of only a handful in private hands.
The seller is actually reported to be the estate of late property billionaire Sheldon Solow, who obtained the portion inside 1982 for $1.2 zillion.
To market the work during the pandemic, Sotheby’s viewable the painting around the world to collectors as well as possible bidders.
“The young man of the painting has done more travel during Covid than probably anyone we know,” Stewart claimed.
Botticelli is most famous for “Birth of Venus,” which portrays the Roman goddess emerging out of a seashell. The previous record for his job was the 2013 marketing of “madonna as well as Kid with Young Saint John the Baptist” for $10.4 million.
The job will be a part of Sotheby’s “Master Paintings & Sculpture” selling on Thursday.