Michelangelo at Christie's, Paris

May 9 2022

Video: Christie's

Here's the catalogue entry (and, above, a dramatic video) of the newly discovered drawing by Michelangelo coming up at Christie's in Paris on 18th May. I didn't realise from the photos how big it was. The scale is lovely, don't you think? It's such a sculptural image too, the central figure has the feeling of a piece of worked clay.

What will it make? The last comparable Michelangelo drawing was at Christie's in London back in 2000, and made over £8m. The estimate is 'on request' but the press have floated the figure of €30m. Which is probably on the conservative side. Although any buyers will have French export and pre-emption laws to contend with, so this might dampen the bidding.

Update, it made €23m. Not as much as I thought.

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