Monday, January 18, 2016

A Name Game With the Old Masters

By Scott Reyburn
Bruce Springsteen's manager buys 15th-century wooden putto attributed to Donatello .
UNITED KINGDOM---One of the problems for a billionaire wanting to put together a trophy collection of old master art is that the supply of documented works by the most illustrious sculptors and painters has all but dried up. Speaking on condition of anonymity, three people with knowledge of the sale said the buyer was Jon Landau, the longtime manager of Bruce Springsteen and a prominent collector of Italian Renaissance art. The transaction, involving a part exchange of works that Mr. Landau had bought from Mr. Butterfield, was worth $8 million to $11 million, those people said. The possible reattribution was first reported last fall in The New York Times. [link]