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Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million

27 February 2015

Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million

The most expensive drawing belongs to Raphael.

We’ve seen the most expensive letter and painting, and so on, but  now it is time for the most expensive sketch.

The $47 million Head of a Young Apostle drawing by artist Raphael was prevented from leaving the UK by the Government after the intentions of a foreign buyer were discovered.

The work of art by the celebrated Italian artist Raphael has been in Britain for more than 300 years. It was part of a private collection at Chatsworth House, Duke of Devonshire’s stately home in Derbyshire.

The work dates from around 1519 and was done as a study for the head of one of the figures in Raphael’s painting Transfiguration, which was left uncompleted when he died in 1520 and which hangs in the Vatican Museum.

Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million
Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million

The drawing is believed to have belonged to Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, in the early 17th century and was acquired by William Cavendish, the 2nd Duke of Devonshire, some 300 years ago.

The current Duke sold it to ‘benefit the long-term future’ of the Chatsworth estate, where it was never on public display.

The drawing made by Italian painter of High Renaissance, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino “Raphael” was sold at an auction back in 2012 for $48 million.

Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million
Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million

The artist was renowned for his work, admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur.

Together with Italian Renaissance legends like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Enormously productive, this Renaissance master who died back in 1520 at the age of 37, used to create drawings in his unusually large workshop.

Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million
Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million

Now one of Raphael’s drawings, the 16th century “Head of an Apostle” which is a study for Raphael’s last painting “Transfiguration”, and is on display at the Vatican Museum in Rome set a record for the most expensive drawing in art history.

Drawn in black chalk and measuring roughly 15 inches by 11 inches, this extraordinary drawing ‘Head of an Apostle’ was from the collection at Chatsworth.

Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million
Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million

Moreover, another Raphael’s drawing of the same caliber, the ‘Head of a Muse’ which is a black chalk drawing on paper was sold by Christie’s for a whopping $47.9 million, setting a record in auction history, back in 2009.

The Head of a Muse drawing is the second most expensive drawing in the auction history.

Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million
Most Expensive Drawing Sold for $47 Million |pics via: sothebys.com|

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