Raphael drawing sells for $48M

Dec. 11, 2009 at 12:05 AM
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LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- "Head of a Muse," a 16th-century drawing by Raphael, was sold at a London auction this week for $48 million, Christie's said.

The work was expected to go for up to $26 million, but ended up setting world record auction prices for the artist and for any work on paper, the BBC said.

Rembrandt's 17th-century painting "Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, with His Arms Akimbo," also sold for $33 million, setting a record price for the artist at auction, the British broadcaster noted.

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