Salvator Mundi, the last painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, is expected to fetch up to $100m when it goes under the hammer later this month.
The painting, which once sold for $60 at Christie’s, has changed hands multiple times during its long and fascinating history, with most owners unaware that it was a da Vinci original.
Painted circa 1515, Salvator Mundi (Latin for ‘World’s Savior’) features an image of Jesus Christ. Art historians were aware of the painting’s existence, but most outside art circles would not have known the treasure they had in their hands. Experts believe that fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings remain in the world today.
After being certified as a da Vinci original, the piece of art was painstakingly restored, a process that took years.
Salvator Mundi will go under the hammer at New York’s auction house Christie’s later this month, with a starting price close to $100m.
Post-sale, the painting will be exhibited at different museums and art galleries across the world.