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Leonardo da Vinci or Boltraffio attrib Salvator Mundi circa 1500 470x260

The Mona Lisa of the Middle East?

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Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, c.1500, oil on walnut, 25.8 x 19.2 in.

Salvator Mundi, a portrait of Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was sold to a Saudi Arabian prince for $450 million (including fees) at Christie’s New York auction last November, smashing the previous art sale record by more than a factor of two. Christie’s placed it in the middle of a major contemporary art auction to ensure that the world’s richest buyers would take note. Continue reading