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Sotheby's tries to block lawsuit over a Leonardo sold and resold at a big markup

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 05:50
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Sotheby's said in its filing last week that it never knew Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier (above) had Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev waiting in the wings to pay much more for the work: a depiction of Christ known as Salvator Mundi.
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Sotheby's said in its filing last week that it never knew Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier had Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev (above) waiting in the wings to pay much more for the work: a depiction of Christ known as Salvator Mundi.

New York

THE joy must have been palpable in 2013 when three New York art traders arranged through Sotheby's to sell a newly discovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance master, for US$80 million.

One of them had purchased it at an estate sale for less than US$10,000

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