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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Christie’s will auction the last ‘davinci’ painting in private hands.

The painting by the Italian artist will be the featured bid this coming 15th of November in New York, during which you can also bid for an Andy Warhol piece

Salvator Mundi in Christies

Perhaps it surprises you that slightly more than twenty paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, a multidisciplinary creator, whose legacy is always wrapped in mystery, are preserved. One of which is Salvator Mundi, of which there are various copies, and many other legends. The painting is considered authentic, showing Christ as “the savior of the world”, on a dark background, is the only ‘davinci’ painting that has remained in private hands until this date. Now Christie’s have decided to auction the painting in New York the 15th of this coming for an initial price of 100 million dollars.

The British company is starting a magnificent season, with prestigious art auctions in London and Paris. Last month there were up to eleven paintings of great value which have been auctioned this month in an exceptional party that took place in the headquarters of the Fernando de Castro foundation, of which Rimontgó is a contributor to the  organization. The Valencian company specialized in the luxury real estate sector is the only member of the Spanish peninsula belonging to the British company. Both of them share, in addition to business, a series of values that are based on the concepts of exclusivity, and a strong commitment to client satisfaction.

The Salvator Mundi ready for auction

Christie’s exhibit of Salvatore Mundi will take place in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and New York before presenting them in the afternoon auction of Contemporary and Postwar art sales. At the same event, you can also bid for Sixty Last Suppers, an Andy Warhol piece that is about 50 million of dollars. The owner of Chrisite’s Art Department, Loic Gouzer, justifies the harmony of both pieces in the work of Leonardo “paintings are as influential now as there were in the XV and XVI centuries”. So much so that during, the announcement of the bidding, he called the Salvator “the holy grail of art rediscovery”, comparable to the Mona Lisa.

The truth is that the painting had disappeared without a trace. It is thought to have belonged to the private collection of King Charles I of England before it was sold at auction in 1763. It then lost track until 1958, when it was sold to an American collector in Sotheby’s for 45 pounds, in the belief that is was a copy. However, the actual owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, has carried out various refurbishments which were able to prove that it was the authentic Salvator Mundi.  A breakthrough for the world of art, as it is the first discovery of the Leonardo Da Vinci painting since 1909.

The panting shows Christ head-on, holding a transparent sphere that symbolises the universe, although in other versions a world globe appears. With his other hand, he makes a blessing gesture. According to the reports, its conservation status is considered average, the value of Salvator goes further than any other technical criteria so to be considered as history of art.

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