New York, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yulong Eco-Materials Limited (Nasdaq CM: YECO) today announced that it has closed the acquisition for Michelangelo’s (Pieta) crucifixion masterpiece. YECO signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement to acquire Michelangelo’s Crucifixion painting for US$75 million on November 19th. The acquisition was acquired via the issuance of 7.5 million YECO restricted shares valued at $10.00 per share. 

CEO and Chairman Daniel Mckinney, said “we are ecstatic to have acquired this rare Michelangelo masterpiece that until now has been largely hidden from public view. It is the dream of every art history professional or student to be involved in such a rare viewing and acquisition. With this latest acquisition, we have now a proven concept that our business model can create a new alternative asset class in fine art via the securitization our shares.”

The Millennium Sapphire, which is also owned by the Company, includes carvings depicting Michelangelo’s David and a bust of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra.

The Company’s art experts are traveling the globe over the next week inspecting several other masterpieces for possible acquisition, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens, Raphael and Van Gogh.

About the Michelangelo’s Crucifixion

Michelangelo became acquainted with Vittoria Colonna around 1538. Their lively friendship gained Michelangelo admission into her social circles, and he became acquainted with issues of church reform. Michelangelo executed several paintings for Colonna in the fifth decade of the sixteenth century. All of them are purportedly lost apart from the famous Crucifixion, which is the work owned by Ridgway Mitchell Smith. Vittoria Colonna gave her collection to the Medici Family, of which Mr. Smith’s mother is a direct descendant. Many of Michelangelo’s sketches showing the process of his drawings and studies have been destroyed or lost. The work owned by Ridgway Mitchell Smith is a priceless masterpiece and Michelangelo wrote in his notes that it was made during the time of his final study prior to working on the Pietà marble sculpture in Vatican City. The Crucifixion painting is in excellent condition. (source: Wikipedia)

About the Company

The objective of YECO is to use issuances of its shares to acquire rare works of fine art, to develop the value of these acquisitions with exhibitions and media exposure, and open the opportunity of shared ownership of its acquired masterpieces to anyone with a brokerage account.  This will empower investors who have not had the independent financial ability to now share ownership of such works. Through the acquisition of YECO shares, the general public can have fractionalized ownership of a collection of extremely valuable art treasures that until now have been restricted to billionaires, museums and royalty. The company’s two premium fine art assets are the Michelangelo Crucifixion painting and the Millennium Sapphire.

About Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni or more commonly known by his first name Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered by many the greatest artist of his lifetime, and by some the greatest artist of all time, his artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine and client of the MediciLeonardo da Vinci.

A number of Michelangelo's works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in these fields was prodigious; given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches and reminiscences, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Despite holding a low opinion of painting, he also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. His design of the Laurentian Library pioneered Mannerist architecture. At the age of 74, he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter's Basilica. He transformed the plan so that the western end was finished to his design, as was the dome, with some modification, after his death.

Michelangelo was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. In fact, two biographies were published during his lifetime. One of them, by Giorgio Vasari, proposed that Michelangelo's work transcended that of any artist living or dead, and was "supreme in not one art alone but in all three".


About the Millennium Sapphire business

YECO plans to take the Millennium Sapphire on a tour of museums around the world, produce a television documentary, and include the gemstone in a number of feature films. The Company will develop games around museum tours, much in the same manner as the Pokemon Go craze and other virtual games. Chairman & CEO Daniel Mckinney said, “We plan to develop the business and cash flows of the Millennium Sapphire and Michelangelo masterpiece through games, branding and licensing, along with royalties and ticket sales through major museums worldwide. We will also retain some of the world’s top art and promotions experts to develop and manage this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Forward-Looking Statements

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YECO has 35.91 million shares issued and outstanding with a float of 1,012,375 shares. 1,070,000 million 5 year warrants exercisable at $5 per share.


Dennis Burns
Investor Relations
Tel 877-561-8101

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