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Portrait may be by Da Vinci

August 16, 2008|From the Associated Press

Experts say a little-known portrait of a young woman, previously attributed to an anonymous German artist, is likely a drawing made by Leonardo da Vinci.

The 13-by-9.4-inch parchment, which could be worth millions if the new attribution is confirmed, was bought in 1998 for $21,850 by a private collector at an auction in New York, said Alessandro Vezzosi, the director of a museum dedicated to the artist in his hometown of Vinci.

Vezzosi said several experts have backed the attribution over the last few months, but he cautioned that further tests, including carbon-dating, must still be carried out.

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