Botticelli work sold at auction in New York for around $45 million

A painting by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) has fetched around $45 million at an auction in New York. The auction house Sotheby’s announced on Thursday that three bidders had competed for the work for around seven minutes.

It was not initially disclosed who ultimately acquired the Renaissance painting. Dated in the late 15th or early 16th century, The Man of Sorrows is a portrait of Jesus Christ and was previously in a private collection.

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