This drawing could be worth USD 16 million!3 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
Sometime in the 15th century, an artist of great repute created a sketch of a bear’s head.
Now, in July 2021, that very sketch may get auctioned for 16 million dollars!
Is the sketch made of gold? Is it studded with diamonds? Does it hold a cryptic message? Is it as big as the world’s largest painting? Or at least as famous as this one?
Well, unravel the puzzle below that has taken the art world by storm—
What you are seeing is a silverpoint drawing on a pink-beige paper. A silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver wire or cord across the surface of the paper.
Why is it special?
Look closely at the image.
Do you see anything special?
Zoom in on the bottom left corner.
Do you see it now?
The drawing belongs to the 15th century Italian renaissance artist, Leonardo Da Vinci. He is the artist who gave the world the Mona Lisa!
Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius polymath! He created amazing paintings like the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and also gave the world designs to flying machines, and optics. All in the 15th century!
He was a part of the Renaissance movement.
The Renaissance was a cultural and intellectual movement that lasted from the 14th century all the way to the 17th century. It comes from a French word which means rebirth.
It was a rebirth of learning where people started taking an interest in ancient learnings, particularly from Greece and Rome.
Da Vinci was a musician, a painter, a scientist, and a philosopher. For his many feats, he is called the Renaissance Man.
So the drawing is special because of the signature it holds.
It is one of less than eight surviving drawings by Leonardo that still belong to private collectors. The rest of his drawings are in the British Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth.
About the Head of Bear
The drawing, merely 7 centimetres in height, will be auctioned at Christie’s auction, Exceptional Sale, on July 8th, 2021. It is expected to bring in funds anywhere between $11.14 million – $16.71 million.
The drawing belonged to British painter, Thomas Lawrence. After his death in 1830, it was passed on to his dealer Samuel Woodburn who sold it to Christie’s for 3.5 dollars in 1860.
Did you know…
In 2017, a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, was sold off at a Christie’s Auction for for a record-shattering $450.3 million.
Sourced from Christie’s
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