Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
You are viewing: Home > News > Modern Mysteries > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
Modern Mysteries

Leonardo da Vinci drawing sells for $12 million

By T.K. Randall
July 10, 2021 · Comment icon 7 comments



Leonardo's creations often sell for record-breaking amounts. Image Credit: Raffaello Sanzio Morghen
Drawn by the Maestro himself, the small sketch of a bear's head has sold for a record-breaking sum.
The Renaissance genius, who is attributed with creating several world-famous works of art including the Mona Lisa and St. John the Baptist, has also been credited with creating a number of smaller drawings - mostly of animals such as dogs, cats, birds, horses and bears.

This particular example, which measures a mere 7x7cm, dates back to the 1480s and is, according to Christie's auction house, one of the few of Da Vinci's works that is still privately owned.

It was created using silverpoint - a challenging technique that involves applying a silver stick to specially prepared paper.
Incredibly, the piece sold for a whopping £8.8 million - which breaks the record previously held by Da Vinci's 'Horse and Rider' drawing which sold for £8.1 million.

The winning bid - which was submitted by a man and a woman - remains anonymous.

The most expensive of all Leonardo's works was Salvator Mundi - a 500-year-old portrait of Christ that was sold in 2017 for a staggering £341 million - the highest ever auction price for any work of art.



Source: BBC News | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
The auction is today. 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.
Comment icon #2 Posted by bison 1 year ago
Twelve million! Imagine what they could have gotten if he'd  drawn the whole bear. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by acute 1 year ago
It's a pity Banksy wasn't there to activate the shredder.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
It didn't sell for as much as they expected. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/leonardo-da-vinci-s-portrait-of-a-bear-sells
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 1 year ago
Not exactly a good time for flaunting extravagant luxuries...  ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then 1 year ago
 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 1 year ago
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.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Our new book is out now!

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News

 AVAILABLE NOW 

Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!

Support us on Patreon

 BONUS CONTENT 

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

 Total Posts: 7,368,168    Topics: 303,239    Members: 198,991

 Not a member yet ? Click here to join - registration is free and only takes a moment!
Recent news and articles