Christie’s to sell Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ for an estimated $100 million.

Christie’s have announced an unprecedented sale taking place at its New York auction house in November. Leonardo da Vinci’s last known masterpiece Salvator Mundi will be up for sale alongside Andy Warhol’s Last Supper. In an unusual move, Salvator Mundi will be sold as part of the post-war and contemporary art evening sale, and is estimated to go for around $100 million.

Dating from about 1500, Salvator Mundi is one of less than twenty extant works by the artist and believed to be the last one remaining in private possession. First recorded in the collection of King Charles I, it passed through Sotheby’s in 1958 where it sold for only £45, as it was heavily overpainted at the time and believed to be the work of a follower. It was last unveiled in 2011 as part of the National Gallery London’s blockbuster show ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ where it formed one of the star works of the show.

Exhibiting Leonardo’s work alongside Warhol’s Last Supper is part of Christie’s recent move towards ‘hybrid sales’ in which Old Master artworks are placed in dialogue alongside contemporary pieces.

Salvator Mundi will tour to Hong Kong, San Francisco and London before returning to New York for auction.

Image: Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, about 1500, oil on walnut panel, 65.5 x 45.1 cm.

Read Christie’s official announcement on ‘The Last da Vinci’.

As reported by Sarah P. Hanson at The Art Newspaper

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