Highest price ever for a Botticelli painting paid in New York auction

Sandro Botticelli’s Young Man Holding a Roundel, a small portrait of long-haired nobleman, sells for $92.2m

A small painting by Sandro Botticelli has been sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $92.2m, an auction record for the Renaissance master.

The work, Young Man Holding a Roundel, from about 1475, depicts a nobleman holding a round painting of a saint. It is one of just three portraits in private hands by the artist best known for The Birth of Venus and Primavera.

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