A rare Botticelli drawing has sold for a record £1.3m at a London auction. Created in the 1480s, the piece - titled “Study for a Seated Joseph” - was the first drawing by the artist to be sold for a century.
Sotheby's said it was highest price ever paid for a work on paper by the Renaissance master. The work was also believed to be the last of his drawings that remained in private hands. It came from the collection of late philanthropist Barbara Piasecka Johnson, the wife of Johnson and Johnson heir John Seward Johnson, who bought the artwork for $88,000 at a New York auction in 1988.
“Study for a Seated St Joseph” is believed to be the only drawing which can be clearly linked to one of Botticelli's painted compositions.