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Leonardo da Vinci’s last known painting once sold for $60—now it’s being auctioned off for at least $100 million

$100 million

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi will be auctioned off with a sky-high starting price in New York next month.

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$100 million

Leonardo painted Salvator Mundi (“Saviour of the World”) in the early 1500s. The painting’s ownership was tracked until the mid-1700s, but then it disappeared until the 1900s.

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$100 million

In that period, when no one knew it had been produced by Leonardo, the painting was sold for only $60.

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$100 million

A group of art dealers bought Salvator Mundi in 2005 and worked to have it recognized as an Leonardo original.

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$100 million

It has been sold twice since then, reportedly for $80 million to Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier and then for $127 million to Russian investor Dmitry Rybolovlev, who is now selling it at Christie’s.

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