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Will a Renaissance portrait by Piero del Pollaiuolo be the next big thing at auction?

Art collectors have a thing for Renaissance portraits, as the recent record-breaking sale of Botticelli’s “Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel” shows. Sotheby’s is now hoping that Piero del Pollaiuolo’s “Portrait of a Youth” will have a similar fate, when it goes under the hammer in March during the house’s London “Evening Sale.” This tempera and oil on panel, depicting a young male sitter set against a blue sky background, is heralded as the only known portrait by Pollaiuolo left in private hands. Most of them are in the collection of prominent museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum...

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