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Leonardo DiCaprio makes surprise appearance to view da Vinci painting

The actor features in a project designed to show the significance of da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi painting by filming the public's reactions to it.

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Leonardo DiCaprio makes surprise appearance to view da Vinci painting

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After centuries in the hands of private owners, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi went on show in public and over 20,000 people turned up to see it, including Leonardo DiCaprio.

The painting was on display in Christie’s exhibition space in New York's Rockefeller Center in November 2017 and prompted queues around the block, 500 years on from when da Vinci created his iconic depiction of Christ.

Photographer Nadav Kander decided to show the significance of the painting by filming the public's reactions to it.

DiCaprio, who is to star in a da Vinci biopic, made a subtle appearance, dressed in a black cap and coat.

Singer Patti Smith also featured in the film, which was cut down to four minutes and 14 seconds, as da Vinci represents Christ as he is characterised in the Gospel of John 4:14.

The painting was on show until November 15 and was then to be put up for auction.