A rare ink drawing by the famed Renaissance artist Michelangelo sold for over $24 million at an auction on Wednesday.
The drawing, A nude man [after Masaccio] and two figures behind him, garnered roughly $24.17 million at a single-lot auction in Paris, according to a report.
Michelangelo, whose works include the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Pieta, reportedly drew the work of art as a study for The Baptism of the Neophytes, a fresco that sits in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, Italy.
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Prior to 2019, the drawing was thought to be one completed in the school of Michelangelo, but a specialist with the auction house Christie's determined that it was Michelangelo himself who made the piece.
The ink drawing is now believed to be a part of Michelangelo's 15th-century works and one that the artist owned for himself.
In its recent history, the drawing had been designated as a national treasure of France and was not allowed to leave the country for 30 months.
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It has since seen the designation removed, thus allowing it to be auctioned off to collectors from all over the world.