Recently Attributed Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sold for Over $75 Million

"Salvator Mundi," a recently authenticated work by Leonardo da Vinci.
"Salvator Mundi," a recently authenticated work by Leonardo da Vinci, sold for over $75 million in May 2013.

A painting by Leonardo da Vinci discovered at an estate sale sold privately in May 2013 for between $75 million and $80 million.

Sotheby's handled the private sale and details have been kept quiet until this week when insiders revealed that the transaction took place. The buyer still remains anonymous.

"Salvator Mundi," a circa-1500 image of Christ holding a crystal orb, was owned by a consortium of dealers that included New York-based Robert Simon and Alexander Parish. In 2012, the Dallas Museum of Art raised millions of dollars in an attempt to buy the rare oil-on-panel, but its efforts were rebuffed.

Layers of overpainting caused the painting to be misattributed as a copy after Boltraffio, who worked in Leonardo's studio. New research and analysis by Simon and others identified the painting as by the master himself, and it was subsequently included in "Lenoardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" at London's National Gallery in November 2011 to February 2012.

The painting once belonged to England's King Charles I.

 

 

More News Feed Headlines

Edgar Degas, Dancers Resting, 1881–85.  Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard.  Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston Brings Degas Pastel to Life

  • July 19, 2018 19:43

A pastel of ballerinas by Edgar Degas has been enacted by two members of the Boston Ballet to ...

Read More

“Intellectual Niece,” a 1939 oil painting by Marsden Hartley.  (Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Bates College Museum of Art)

Grant Allows Bates College Museum to Acquire Marsden Hartley Art, Create Online Resource

  • July 18, 2018 20:08

The Bates College Museum of Art in Maine has acquired a prized painting by American modernist ...

Read More

Houston Man Sells Picasso Artwork on Nextdoor

  • July 18, 2018 11:55

A Houston man recently offered up a portrait that he listed as by Pablo Picasso on Nextdoor. ...

Read More

Yayoi Kusama's “Let’s Survive Forever."

Pop-Up wndr museum to Feature Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room

  • July 17, 2018 15:00

Tickets have gone on sale for one of Yayoi Kusama's famed Infinity Rooms in a new location at the ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire