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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Final Mystery... The Case of...

By: Jeffrey Steele

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Final Mystery... The Case of Salvator Mundi

Visitors to Christie's Wait Outside in a Line to View Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

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What’s known about this case is somewhat opaque. Leonardo Da Vinci’s painted his Salvator Mundi around the year 1513, near the pinnacle of his career. The tableau in question resurfaced recently and was publicly exhibited at the National Gallery London in 2011; the canvas was then authenticated as an original Leonardo early in 2017. After showings in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and New York, it came to Christie’s auction house in New York, where it sold to a private buyer for $450.3... Read More

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Final Mystery... The Case of Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi at Christie's Auction House

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There are less than 20 known works by the Founding Fathers of the High Renaissance Style; Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, meaning “savior of the world” in English, is an unforgettably evocative oil painting of a half-length Christ delivering the benediction. Once marred by the overpainting of Christ’s face and hair, the work is now fully restored and is scheduled to be placed on display for public viewing at a major Middle Eastern museum. At November 2017’s auction, Alan... Read More

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Final Mystery... The Case of Salvator Mundi

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Painted his Salvator Mundi Around the Year 1513

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If you’ve begun to suspect Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi had long been dismissed as a fake, your shrewd investigative instincts have not abandoned you. Before divulging more, let’s backtrack to the date of Wednesday, November 15, 2017. With immense expectancy, a scrupulously chosen cadre of enthusiasts, including select press corps representatives and investors, descended on a private Christie’s New York gallery. The occasion was the first baring of a unique artistic treasure, an unveiling... Read More

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Final Mystery... The Case of Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi Sells for Record $450 Million

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Leading up to the Christie‘s New York auction in mid-November, scant evidence existed to suggest Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi would fetch anywhere near the sum it ultimately commanded. After all, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovev, the previous owner of the masterpiece, had paid $127 million several years before, following Parisian dealer Yves Bouvier’s earlier acquisition of the work for $75 million. Some believed the painting would be purchased for something approximating $100 million.... Read More

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Final Mystery... The Case of Salvator Mundi

The Salvator Mundi Painting is Perhaps the Final Da Vinci ever to be Discovered

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Salvator Mundi was sold in 1763 along with other artworks in London's Buckingham House, and over the next nearly one-and-a-half centuries, it would largely be forgotten. In 1900, the work resurfaced when British art collector Francis Cook purchased it for his private collection. Over the next 105 years, the canvas – by then assumed painted by one of Leonardo's students – would make news just once. That was in 1958 when it was sold for 45 British pounds by Cook's grandson. Not until 2005... Read More

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