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    Friday, January 28th, 2022
    Sandro Botticelli – The Man of Sorrows c1500.

    The Man of Sorrows by Botticelli sold for $45.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York on January 27. The hammer price was $39.3 million, just under the estimate of around $40 million. From an American collection the work had last changed hands in 1963 for £10,000. Works by Botticelli (about 1445-1510), best known for his various portraits of Madonna and Child, The Birth of Venus and Primaverararely appear on the auction market. The Man of Sorrows is one of only four of his late works known to be in private hands according to Sotheby’s.

    (See posts on for October 8, 2021 and January 2, 2022)


    Sunday, January 2nd, 2022
    Sandro Botticelli – The Man of Sorrows. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $45.5 MILLION

    A link between Botticelli and the buses, unknown to art history, has emerged on the art market.  You wait for ever and then two come along more or less together.  One of the last great masterpieces by the Renaissance master will highlight Sothebys annual Masters Week sale series in New York later this month.  The Man of Sorrows is estimated to make in excess of $40 million (€35.4 million).  It is a late period work from a time when the artist was greatly influenced by the fanatical preaching of hellfire Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola. The most distinctive features are the frontal presentation of the stunningly modern human portrayal of the resurrected Christ and a halo of angels holding the instruments of the passion.

    Works by Botticelli are exceedingly rare. In January 2021 Sotheby’s sold Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel for $92.2 million (€81.78 million).  It is the most valuable Old Master painting ever sold at auction.

    Sandro Botticelli – Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel.