My friend has had the attached drawing for over 30 years. It was very fragile and on very thin paper when it was given to her, so she had it framed to protect it. It was given to her by an antique dealer in a cardboard tube with a red wax seal, which has subsequently been lost. In my research I have discovered it is Michaelangelo's 'Ideal Face'. There is a gallery stamp in the lower right hand corner from the Firenze Gallery. Because she has had it so long and it was quite old when given to her, it is too old to be a recent digital print. It appears to us to be an authorised gallery copy? I have done some internet searching and can find no evidence of this kind of gallery copy for sale. Is it likely to be of any value? Thank you for your time.
Answer Dear Margaret,
Your print was reproduced by the Uffizi in Florence, (Firenze), after the original sepia drawing. I will give you a link to the museum where you will see the drawing. They are good quality prints, but condition is most important on a vintage print. I do not know the quantity that has been printed or their current secondary market value. Try Googling the name and you should find others on the market.
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