A drawing by Michelangelo that lay unrecognised in a scrapbook for 250 years fetched almost £6m at a Sotheby's sale in London yesterday.
Study of a Mourning Woman was bought by Luca Baroni of Colnaghi Galleries, in London, for £5.9m, against a pre-sale estimate of up to £8m.
The early drawing, a three-quarter length view of a woman seen from the side, her face obscured by the large folds of her cloak, was sold on behalf of the trustees of the will of the late Lord Howard of Henderskelfe.
It was found by a Sotheby's expert at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. Its discovery prompted a vigorous campaign to keep it in Britain, amid fears that it could be sold an overseas buyer.Reuse content