A small drawing of a bear’s head created by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci on Thursday at an auction in London, a record price for a da Vinci drawing sold at auction.
The drawing known as “Head of a bear”Was sketched on a square piece of pink-beige paper measuring just under 3 inches using a technique called silverpoint.
The piece is estimated to have been drawn around 1
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Christie’s auction house says that da Vinci learned the technique from his master Andrea del Verrocchio, who at the time was the leading artist in Florence.
“An exquisite demonstration of Leonardo da Vinci’s unsurpassed mastery as an illustrator and his pioneering attitude to the study of nature, this penetrating study of a bear’s head is one of a very small number of drawings of him still in private hands,” said Christies auction house on its website.
Prior to the auction, it was estimated to sell somewhere between $ 11 million and $ 16.5 million, and the drawing was purchased by an unidentified buyer. The final price of more than $ 12 million includes fees and surpasses sales in 2001 of da Vinci’s “Horse and Rider” drawing, which sold for more than $ 11.5 million.
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