An unique portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II – higher often known as Mehmed the Conqueror – was bought by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) for 770,000 kilos ($955,000), at an public sale held by London’s world-famous public sale home, Christie’s, on Thursday.
The portrait of Mehmed the Conqueror, one of the most influential sultans in Ottoman historical past, was made by Italian painter Gentile Bellini in 1480.
Christie’s had estimated the portray’s preliminary value between 400,000-600,000 kilos. The portrait is one of three surviving portraits of Mehmed II, and the just one exhibiting him with firm. The different particular person proven in the depiction is considered one of his şehzades, or sons who had been next-in-line.
The portrait was one of the most notable items at the public sale. The portray was reportedly smuggled out of Turkey in 1922.