A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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* David Roberts is a property tycoon from Greenock, near Glasgow, who has about 2,000 pieces by 400 artists, and is opening a large space in Camden, soon. Currently operating out of 111 Great Tichfield Street, Roberts supported artist Doug Foster to make a three-dimensional video piece called “Breather” and then agreed to buy two sister pieces for it before production, covering the costs. He recently bought painter Greg Rook’s entire show, and a room installation by Tracey Snelling.
* Via the Financial Times