A renaissance drawing by Sandro Botticelli will go up for auction at Sothebys on July 9th. It’s the last remaining work of the artist still in private hands and it is the first work by the artist to go on sale in 100 years. It’s a study for “San Giuseppe, seduto” and it is in pen and ink, with highligts in white chalk. It has been in the collection of the late Barbara Piaseska, philanthropist and wife of Seward Johnson – of Johnson & Johnson.
The drawing is expected to fetch between one million, and one-and-a-half million Pounds.
The proceeds of the sale of the drawing – along with the sale of other Renaissance and Baroque, works estimated to bring in 8.6 million Pounds, will benefit the Barbara Piaseska Foundation, which helps fund research in children with autism.