Considered as one of fewer than 20 paintings in existence from the artist, it was the first discovery of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci since 1909 and it’s suggested to fetch an estimated $100 million or more during the auction.
With the Salvator Mundi dating from around 1500, the historic art piece depicts a half-length figure of Jesus Christ, holding a crystal orb in his left hand as he raises his right.
The painting was originally recorded in the collection of King Charles and was thought to be lost or destroyed until it was rediscovered in 2005.
“Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time,” says Loic Gouzer, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s in New York. “The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honor that comes around once in a lifetime. Despite being created approximately 500 years ago, the work of Leonardo is just as influential to the art that is being created today as it was in the 15th and 16th centuries. We felt that offering this painting within the context of our Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale is a testament to the enduring relevance of this picture.”
The painting made a public debut in an exhibition at the National Gallery in London in 2011, before selling privately in 2014.
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- Source: Christie's