A rare sight and historic occasion: A Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) is going up for sale! Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) painted sometime during his work on the Last Supper in 1490 or around the time of his painting of the Mona Lisa in 1500. The face and characteristic sfumato rendering (softened tonality) a known technique of Da Vinci’s, was covered up by other artists obscuring the magical and ethereal face for a lesser haunting image. The painting endured kingdom take overs, castle closet inventory and botched restorations. Discovered in 2007 with a 10 year authentication process, this hidden treasure can now be seen or you can make a purchase bid on Lot # 9 B (sale 14995). Viewing of the painting is until Wednesday November 15th when it goes up for sale. Christie’s in New York City offers an amazing video tour and catalog book of the restoration and historic find of this once considered lost master work. According to the world renowned auction house, “Its illustrious 500-year history, and the story of its re-emergence, restoration and authentication, is as fascinating as any of the bestselling thrillers about Leonardo’s life and times.”
If you can’t make it to Christie’s or you are unable to come up with the 100 million plus estimated price tag for this rare sale of a painting – read Walter Isaacson’s new book : Leonardo Da Vinci instead.