Own an early Bronzino for a mere US$18 million

On January 30, 2013, Christie’s Auction House will place on sale Agnolo Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man With a Book, "a relatively unknown panel depicting a man with a reddish beard in his 20s dressed in black, sitting at a table covered with green cloth." (photo)

The painting, owned by an unidentified European collector, is expected to bring US$12 million to US$18 million at auction. Bronzino's work began to be collected around the turn of the 20th century. “These are the sort of paintings that appeal to the kind of people who can afford to buy works of top class, said Nicholas Hall, head of Christie’s international department of old master paintings.