|No sale: Portrait offered as a Bronzino|
Also left out in the cold was a Madonna and Child offered as an early Botticelli (not the so-called Rockefeller Madonna by Botticelli, which sold for a record $10.4 million). This murky painting had been estimated to go for between $3 million and $5 million, but the high bid, $2.7 million, fell short.
The auction house had hailed both paintings as "rediscovered," their new attributions vouched for by prominent art historians. (See my earlier post previewing the sale, here.)
|Pulzone portrait that sold for $6.7 million|
The Fra Bartolommeo, Caracci, and Pulzone prices were auction records for the artists.
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