Renaissance Roundel Auctioned for £7 million

A rare bronze roundel discovered under a stairway in Devon, England, has brought nearly UK£7 million in a recent auction, a record for a Renaissance piece.

The gilt and silvered bronze roundel was created in Italy in the late part of the 15th century and depicts the gods Vulcan, Mars, Venus and Cupid. It was purchased by Sheikh Saud al-Thani of Qatar, one of the world's foremost collectors of art. The roundel may not leave the country, however, by order of the British Arts Minister, who wants to give British museums a chance to match the £7 million price.