Da Vinci portrait of Jesus, ‘Salvator Mundi’, expected to sell for $100 million at auction

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The only remaining privately-owned Leonardo da Vinci painting, an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ, is off to auction.

‘Salvator Mundi,’ which dates to about 1500, is expected to sell for about $100 million (£75.71 million) at Christie’s in November, making it among the most highly-valued works ever to be sold at auction.

‘This is truly the Holy Grail of art rediscoveries,’ said Alan Wintermute, Christie’s senior specialist for Old Master paintings, explaining that the portrait sometimes called the male Mona Lisa had long been thought to have been lost or destroyed.

The portrait depicts Christ in vivid blue and crimson robes holding a crystal orb. 

“Salvator Mundi,” an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500, the last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting, is on display for the media at Christie’s auction in New York, NY, U.S., October 10, 2017.Reuters

First recorded in the private collection of King

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