Botticelli's "Young Man Holding a Roundel"

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A Renaissance masterpiece, Botticelli's "Young Man Holding a Roundel" is expected to fetch over $ 80 million at auction.

On January 28, 2020 in New York, this 15th century portrait will pass under the hammer of Sotheby’s, sale broadcast live. It is billed as one of the most significant portraits of any period ever to be auctioned.

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as Sandro Botticelli, is one of the most important artists of the Quattrocento, a century marked by the advent of the Renaissance in Italy. Painted on a wooden panel around 1480, the work shows a man holding a medallion similar to the one in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Bought for $ 1.3 million in 1982 by a private individual, the exceptional condition in which the portrait has been preserved has already earned it an estimate by Sotheby's at $ 80 million (or 67 million euros).

"When you look at a painting like this, which is so exceptional, you have to compare it to other masterpieces, paintings by Picasso, Bacon or Basquiat", which have broken records in recent years, argues Christopher Apostle, head of the Old Masters department at Sotheby's in New York.

It is therefore natural that the painter will find a place of choice in the annual Masters Week sale of the Sotheby's house devoted to the great masters of painting.

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