The Rare Renaissance Masterpiece Owned by MI6’s Original ‘Q’

25 MARCH 2021 | LONDON

Find out the fascinating history of this rare Renaissance portrait by Italian artist, Piero del Pollaiuolo, in this episode of Expert Voices. The only known portrait by the artist left in private hands comes to the market hot on the heels of the record-breaking sale of Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Portrait of a Young Man with a Roundel’, which sold for $92 million at Sotheby’s in January. The two remarkable masterpieces once hung side-by-side in the collection of Thomas Ralph Merton – the first scientist to be employed by the British secret service, and the original ‘Q’ of MI6. ‘Portrait of a Youth’ is a highlight of our upcoming auction Modern Renaissance: A Cross-Category Sale (25 March | London).

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