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Botticelli Reaps $45.4 Million in Rare Sale at Sotheby’s in NYC

The painting by the Renaissance master depicts a tearful Jesus Christ.

Auction house employees holding Sandro Botticelli’s The Man of Sorrows.

Auction house employees holding Sandro Botticelli’s The Man of Sorrows.

Source: Sotheby's

A painting by the Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli sold at Sotheby’s New York on Thursday for $45.4 million as part of the Master Paintings and Sculpture sale.

The work, which dates from about 1500 and is titled The Man of Sorrows, depicts a bereaved and beleaguered Jesus Christ, and carried an unofficial presale estimate “in excess of” $40 million. It is housed in a fittingly elaborate frame, which Sotheby’s says is likely from the 19th century.