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'Lost' Leonardo Da Vinci painting to be auctioned

'Lost' Leonardo Da Vinci painting to be auctioned
By Euronews

The last Leonardo de Vinci painting in private hands is going to auction in New York next month.

“Salvator Mundi” is a depiction of Jesus with a pre-sale estimate of around 100 million US dollars.

It is a very unique opportunity, as Alan Wintermute, Christie’s Senior Specialist of Old Master Paintings pointed out:

“And there are only about 15 or 16 paintings by him that have survived. And even among those several of them are unfinished so the rediscovery of a completely finished fully worked up painting by Leonardo da Vinci is the rarest of events in the art world. It is a great painting by Leonardo, of the sort that is absolutely unobtainable and has been unobtainable for well over a century. So this is a once in a, not even a lifetime, a once in several lifetimes opportunity.”

The same sale at Christie’s will also bring under the hammer Andy Warhol’s monumental “Sixty Last Suppers,” a piece from one of the pop artist’s final series before his death in 1987. The multiple-image work is estimated to fetch 50 million dollars.

“Salvator Mundi” will be sold at Christie’s in New York at its November 15 sale of post-war and contemporary art following public exhibitions in Hong Kong, London and San Francisco.