‘Dürer was here’: a possible new portrait by the German master to feature in upcoming exhibition

When a “grimy picture of a man” appeared in a local auction in Scotland in 1983, art collector Sebastian Thewes was convinced he was looking at an important sixteenth-century painting. He purchased the painting, for the meagre sum of £1,000. Now, after nearly forty years of research, answers might finally emerge regarding the attribution of the portrait.

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Records broken by Bernardo Bellotto and Leonardo da Vinci artworks at Christie’s summer sales

Seven new artist records were set at Christie’s ‘Old Masters Sale’ this week, as well as a new record for a tiny drawing by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) at ‘The Exceptional Sale’ in London. Christie’s specialist Clementine Sinclair explained that “this is a bigger sale than we would normally have, and I think that’s partly due to the fact we didn’t hold an Old Masters evening sale last July, so there was some pent-up demand of collectors wanting to sell.”

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