A unusual drawing by the Italian 17th century sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini offered for 1.9 million euros ($2.3 million) in France on Saturday, the maximum selling price at any time paid out for a drawing by the artist, the auction home explained.

The unique estimate value for the sanguine, or purple chalk drawing of a male nude dating from someplace involving 1630 and 1640, experienced been set at 30,000-50,000 euros by the Acteon auction dwelling in Compiegne, northern France.

But an nameless, “probably Anglo-Saxon”, purchaser secured it for 1.3 million euros, which together with costs and commission represented a last invest in price tag of 1.9 million euros, auctioneer Dominique Le Coent explained to AFP.

The preceding entire world history rate paid for a Bernini drawing was 139,000 euros in 2014.

Bernini (1598-1680) designed statues for quite a few of Rome’s landmarks these types of as the Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona.

The “Academie d’Homme” drawing, which belongs to an “extremely tiny system of educational drawings acknowledged to be by Bernini”, Le Coent stated.

Artwork historians know of only seven some others, “all preserved in museums and establishments, together with just one at the Uffizi Museum in Florence”.

The auction, broadcast reside on the world-wide-web, captivated the fascination of a lot of collectors, mostly intercontinental, and there have been 9 phone bidders.

Identified in Compiegne, the drawing was initial mistakenly attributed to the French Baroque sculptor Pierre Puget (1620-1694) in advance of staying authenticated as a function by Bernini.

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