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Da Vinci bear drawing expected to fetch up to £12m at auction


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Measuring 7x7cm, Head of a Bear is more than 500 years old.

The sale could surpass the previous record for a da Vinci drawing, set by the Horse and Rider in 2001.

According to Christie's auction house, holding the sale, it is among just a few drawings by the Italian Renaissance master which are still privately owned.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57735318

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The auction is today.

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The drawing will be shown in London from 1 to 6 June before it is sold on 8 July.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/08/leonardo-da-vinci-bear-drawing-is-expected-to-fetch-12m-at-auction

I wonder how much it sold for, I haven't found any updates yet.

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Twelve million! Imagine what they could have gotten if he'd  drawn the whole bear.:yes: 

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It's a pity Banksy wasn't there to activate the shredder.

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

It didn't sell for as much as they expected.

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Head of a bear sets new record for a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, selling on a single bid for £8.8m at Christie's

A study of a bear's head by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for a record £7.5m (£8.8m with fees) at Christie's in London today. It was estimated to make £8m to £12m ($11.2m to $16.9m) but was hammered down under that estimate, to a single bid from a man and woman in the saleroom.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/leonardo-da-vinci-s-portrait-of-a-bear-sells

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Not exactly a good time for flaunting extravagant luxuries... 

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:) 

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Honestly, I wish these rich people would buy tons of art made by living (and broke) artists. It'd really help some actual people out, elevate real working artists, and help the economy in general.

Anything by someone like da Vinci should be in a museum.

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