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'Mystery' Botticelli up for sale in New York

Man of Sorrows conceals Madonna and Child

(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 12 - A 'mystery' Botticelli will be put up for sale at auction at Sotheby's in New York later this month.
    Analysis of the Renaissance painter's Man of Sorrows, a picture of Christ with the signs of the Passion, shows that is conceals a half-rubbed-out Madonna and Child.
    The Botticelli has a reserve price of 40 million dollars.
    It will go under the hammer on January 27, the same day as Andrea del Sarto's recently rediscovered Portrait of a Gentleman and two works by Artemisia Gentileschi from the collection of Geneva banker J.E. Safra.
    But the Botticelli is expected to be the star of the auction.
    It goes on sale a year and a day after an anonymous Asian collector paid 92 million dollars for Botticelli's Portrait of a Gentleman. (ANSA).


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