Botticelli 'masterpiece' expected to top $80 mn at Sotheby's sale

New York (AFP) – A portrait by Italian renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli is expected to sell for more than $80 million when it goes up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday. “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” believed to have been painted in the 1470s or 1480s, is considered one of Botticelli’s finest portraits and is the highlight of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale. “This Botticelli is so much more spectacular in every way than anything we’ve seen coming to the market,” Christopher Apostle, Sotheby’s senior vice president, told AFP. The 23-inch by 15.5-inch (58-centimeter by 39-centimet…

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