Tiny Scribble Drawn By Michelangelo Sells for $201K

Owning an artwork by renowned Renaissance artist Michelangelo is a dream for many art collectors, but most of them never accomplish it. Most of his works are kept in museums or churches, while those who do get their hands on one don’t want to part with it. This is why it isn’t surprising that someone was willing to pay $201,600 for a tiny scribble drawn by Michelangelo at an auction organized by Christie’s.

The scribble, which is the size of 1.8-inch by 2.6-inch, depicts a marble block and features the inscription “simile”, which is an Italian word for “similar”. It was found attached to the frame of a painting, “A Battle of Giants,” which is attributed to one of Michelangelo’s associates. The scribble was later identified as a work of Michelangelo after being compared to a number of similar diagrams housed in Michelangelo’s museum Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy.

Placing the diagram on sale, Christie’s set the estimated price to $8,000. However, the work ended up fetching a much higher price due to the scarcity of Michelangelo’s work.

The diagram is accompanied by a letter written by Cosimo Buonarroti, Michelangelo’s last direct descendant. Buonarroti sent the letter and the scribble to British diplomat John Bowring, who later became a Governor of Hong Kong, in 1836.

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