6 December 2012, 10:29

Raphael`s painting fetches record sum at Sotheby`s

Raphael`s painting fetches record sum at Sotheby`s

“Head of an Apostle”, one of the most significant drawings by Raphael, was auctioned at London’s Sotheby`s for $47.8 million to become the most expensive drawing ever.

Raphael created the drawing in 1519-1520 in preparation for his Biblical painting “The Transfiguration” which is displayed at the Vatican Museum in Rome.

Since the 18th century the drawing had remained in private hands, at the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire.

Voice of Russia, TASS, AP

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