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Sun May 26, 2019, 09:18 AM

The lost Leonardo? $450m or $1.5m?

Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, will not be part of this year’s big Leonardo da Vinci show in Paris because curators at the Louvre do not believe it can be attributed solely to the artist, it has been claimed.

The art historian and writer Ben Lewis has charted the remarkable story of a painting which made headlines all over the world when it sold for $450m (£354m) at Christie’s in New York in 2017.

Some of the world’s leading Leonardo experts, including Martin Kemp, emeritus professor of art history at Oxford, insist it is genuinely the lost work of the master. Others are more circumspect or dismissive.

The display in Abu Dhabi was unexpectedly halted last year and its loan to Paris in the autumn will not happen, Lewis told the Hay literary festival. “My inside sources at the Louvre, various sources, tell me that not many curators think this picture is a Leonardo da Vinci. If that’s the case, the value will go down to somewhere north of $1.5m (£1.2m).”

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/26/the-lost-leonardo-louvre-show-ditches-salvator-mundi-over-authenticity-doubts

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left-of-center2012 May 2019 OP
magicarpet May 2019 #1
spooky3 May 2019 #2
defacto7 May 2019 #3
Bayard May 2019 #4
yardwork May 2019 #5

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:23 AM

1. Well,... that's a big chunk of depreciation in value.

Somebody's wallet is about to take a major hit.

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:43 AM

2. "...a fool and his money." Nt

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:16 AM

3. I think it was the Saudi prince who bought it.

They won't miss it. It was probably some sort of money laundering anyway.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:21 PM

4. Looks like the Mona Lisa

With a beard. And he's waiting for a cigarette.

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Sun May 26, 2019, 12:24 PM

5. It doesn't look authentic at all, honestly.

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