Early Re­nais­sance paint­ing found in French kitchen

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

SENLIS, France (AFP) — A rare mas­ter­piece by Ital­ian early Re­nais­sance master Cimabue that was dis­cov­ered in a French kitchen was sold on Sun­day for 24 mil­lion eu­ros ($26.6 mil­lion), about five times the ini­tial es­ti­mate.

The Acteon auc­tion house did not iden­tify the win­ning bid­der for the paint­ing, “Christ Mocked,” at the sale in Senlis, out­side Paris.

The sell­ing price smashed the ini­tial es­ti­mate of be­tween four mil­lion and six mil­lion eu­ros.

Bid­ding be­gan at three mil­lion eu­ros, with only three of the eight bid­ders present at the auc­tion.

It is the first time in decades that a paint­ing by Cimabue, a pi­o­neer­ing prim­i­tive painter who lived from 1272-1302 and is also known as Cenni di Pepo, has gone un­der the ham­mer. Acteon said the fig­ure was the high­est ever reached for a me­di­ae­val paint­ing and the eighth-high­est ever reached for a me­dieval or old master paint­ing.

The high­est fig­ure ever reached for a paint­ing was the $450 mil­lion paid for the Sal­va­tor Mundi at­trib­uted to Leonardo da Vinci and sold at auc­tion in 2017.

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