Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lost art masterpiece rediscovered

Lost art masterpiece rediscovered

Mazzolino painting
The painting was last sold at an auction in London in 1812 for £20.

A lost Renaissance masterpiece by Italian artist Mazzolino has been rediscovered after being left in a packing case for nearly 60 years.

Experts from the National Gallery in London identified the painting, which depicts the Madonna and Child with St Joseph, as dating back to 1522.

The piece is set to go under the hammer on 1 October in Dorchester, almost 200 years since it was last sold.

It is expected to fetch between £40,000 and £60,000.

However, there is expected to be great excitement over the rare sale after another painting by the artist fetched almost £370,000 in July 2005 at Sotheby's in London.

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