Salvator Mundi by the MIAOAT

Sunday, 15 October, 2017

Here, MIAOAT stands for the “most important artist of all time.” We’re talking Leonardo.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi painting disappeared in 1763 and didn’t reappear again until 1900 in London. Sir Charles Robinson had bought it, believing it to be a work by Leonardo’s disciple, Bernardino Luini, for Sir Francis Cook’s famed collection at Doughty House on Richmond Hill. By this time, the Saviour’s face and hair had been repainted and a photograph taken in 1912 records the changed appearance. When the Cook Collection was sold at auction in 1958, Salvator Mundi fetched £45, after which it disappeared again. It re-emerged in 2005 and was sold by an American estate for $10,000. All along, it was believed to be a Leonardo copy.

On Wednesday, 15 November, Salvator Mundi, now verified as an authentic da Vinci, will be put up for sale at Christie’s auction house in New York. The estimated price is $100 million but it could easily go much higher. “Discovering a new painting by Leonardo is like finding a new planet,” says art critic Alastair Sooke, in a discussion with Christie’s Chairman Loic Gouzer and Old Masters specialist Alan Wintermute.

Salvator Mundi

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