03/05/2013 09:58 am ET

Met Buys A David For $840

Amid the multi-million-dollar record prices and packed salerooms of New York's Old Master week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art quietly made the steal of the season in the Old Master drawings auction at Swann Galleries on 29 January.

Catalogued and illustrated (above) as "French school, early 19th century", the 24.5cm by 38.2cm sheet (est $500-$700) depicting The Death of Socrates in brush, black ink and grey wash was described as "lightly squared for transfer in pencil. After the painting by Jacques-Louis David in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York."

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