12 October 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
World-renowned artist, Leonardo Da Vinci’s last painting of Jesus “Salvator Mundi” dating around 1500, is up for sale for an estimated $100 million, the Christie’s auction house reported.
The painting which depicts Jesus Christ as the world’s saviour was long believed to be a copy of an original piece by the Italian master but was eventually certified as authentic.
According to Francois de Poortere, head of the Christie’s old masters department in New York, “Salvator Mundi” — which measures 45×65 cm (26×18 inches) — was last sold to an unnamed European collector following a historic Da Vinci exhibition at London’s National Gallery in 2011-12.
Poortere noted that a third party guarantee has been arranged for the painting, which ensures it will sell for around the estimate of $100 million on November 15.
The work will travel to Hong Kong, San Francisco and London, before spending three days on display in New York leading up to the sale.
Fewer than 20 works by Da Vinci, whose art was already highly sought after during his lifetime, have survived to this day – all of them held in museum or institutional collections, with the exception of “Salvator Mundi.”