WATCH: Da Vinci’s painting of Christ up for auction

Restoration of Da Vinci’s painting is one of the rarest of the events in the art world

"Salvator Mundi" by Leonardo da Vinci (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s last painting has pre-sale estimate of $100 million
  • Salvator Mundi will be up for auction in New York next month

In an article by Manila Bulletin, the last of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting will be up for auction, with $100 million pre-sale estimate.

On October 10, the painting, ‘Salvator Mundi’ was revealed by the security guards during a conference at Christie’s in New York. It is said to be a depiction of Christ, and will be auctioned in November 15. The painting depicts Christ with his right hand raised and crossed fingers, while holding a crystal sphere in his left hand.

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Salvator Mundi was painted around 1500, and is one of fewer than twenty Da Vinci’s paintings known to exist. According to Christie’s specialist Alan Wintermute, “The Salvator Mundi is the Holy Grail of Old Master paintings”.

“It seemed just a tantalizingly unobtainable dream until now. To see a fully finished, late masterpiece by Leonardo, made at the peak of his genius, appear for sale in 2017 is as close as I’ve come to an art world miracle.”, he added.

It was reported that the Salvator Mundi was sold for 45 pounds in 1958 and disappeared again for nearly half a century. When it was rediscovered in 2005, it took six years to authenticate the painting. The restoration process was led by Modestini, a renowned conservator and professor at New York University.

Alongside with Da Vinci’s painting auction, Andy Warhol’s painting “Sixty Last Supper” will also be featured, and estimates around $50 million. His work was executed before his death.

This is said to be the rarest of the events in the art world.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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