Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 23 Summer 2009 Contents 186 INSITE SUMMER
DISCOVERED DA VINCI REVALUED AT MILLION
e discovery of a previously unidentified work by Leonardo da
Vinci (above) has been a hot topic since Antiques Trade Gazette broke
the news in October.
Catalogued as German, early 19th Century, the 33 x 24cm
portrait, in chalk, pen and ink on vellum, mounted on an oak
board, sold for US$19,000 at Christie's New York in the late 1990s.
It was sold again in 2007 for a similar amount and in 2008
questions started surfacing about Leonardo's suspected
involvement in the portrait.
Subsequent scientific testing has revealed a fingerprint in the
work that is "highly comparable" to one on a da Vinci work in the
Vatican. A palm-print in the chalk is also consistent with da Vinci's
use of his hands in creating texture vand shading.
As a da Vinci, the portrait has been valued by London dealer
Simon Dickinson at £100m ($182m). It will go on display next
March at a show called And ere Was Light: e Masters of the
Renaissance Seen in a New Light, to be held in the Eriksbergshallen,
Gothenburg, Sweden. e owner of the portrait remains
unidentified. Paris-based Canadian dealer/collector Peter
Silverman says he purchased it in 2007 for a client who's going to
take good care of him if it's ever sold.
FLAG SELLS FOR TIMES OVER ESTIMATED PRICE
The only surviving Union Jack from the Battle of Trafalgar has
sold under the hammer for £320,000 -- more than 20 times the
estimated price of £15,000.
The 2.23 x 3.58m flag, which was flown from HMS Spartiate,
one of Nelson's warships, during the naval battle off the Spanish
coast in 1805, was awarded post-battle to Lieutenant James
Clephan in recognition of his courage.
The flag was then passed down through the family and his
descendant, who lives in Australia, decided to consign the flag
to auction at the special October 21 Trafalgar Day sale held by
maritime specialist Charles Miller Ltd. The buyer has been
revealed as an American who has been collecting for the last four
decades and hopes to work with the relevant British authorities so
that the flag can be returned to the UK to go on display.
With the slogan "Invest in the future, recycle the past",
Antiques are Green aims to promote antiques as an alternative
form of recycling and conserving natural resources.
For more information, visit antiquesaregreen.org.
ECO FRIENDLY ANTIQUES
e recent launch of UK not-for-profit organisation Antiques
are Green is an exciting step forward for the antiques industry.
Links Archive Insite 24 Autumn 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page