Sotheby's Reveal another Italian Renaissance Portrait!

February 7 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sotheby's have just announced on Instagram that they'll be selling another very fine Italian Renaissance Portrait later this year. Piero del Pollaiuolo's (c.1443-1496) Portrait of a Youth (pictured) is the latest Italian masterpiece to come up for sale at the auction house. Indeed, their Instagram Post explains that the portrait had been in the same collection as their most recent $80m Botticelli. Both pictures had been in the collection of the scientist, inventory and art collector Thomas Ralph Merton (d.1969)

The portrait will be sold in London on 25th March 2021. No estimate has been released yet.

More news when it arrives!

Update - A reader on Twitter (@everardbone) has pointed out the following document, which explains the painting has already been cleared for export.

The document also points out to the fact the picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1960, however has been unseen in a private collection for several decades now. Questions concerning the painting's condition have also been highlighted.

It suggests the guide price will be £5,000,000.

Update 2 - A reader has been in touch with this link to the painting's entry in the Zeri database. The work was last sold at Christie's in 1985 where it was previously given to Cosimo Rosselli.

Isn't it interesting that his fringe has changed shape over time?

Update 3 - The painting will carry an estimate of £4m - £6m. Here's a full article by artnews.com.

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