'Salaì' Magdalene Makes €1.74m

November 18 2020

Video: Artcento

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A painting of The Penitent Magdalene by Leonardo's pupil Gian Giacomo Caprotti called Salaì (1480-1524) achieved €1,745,000 (inc. commission) against its €100k - €150k today at Artcurial auctions in France.

There were several doubts about the attribution cast in various corners, which might be expected given the incredible rarity of the artist's work. I must say, the above video makes the painting look more engaging than the rather flat images that have been made available online. The price achieved was a good one, but, one might imagine that it would have been much more if enough serious bidders had been involved. We'll wait and see if it turns up anywhere interesting...

Coincidentally, my favourite painting in the sale went unsold!

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