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Over time, the wood surface of Salvator Mundi became cracked and chafed, and it had been crudely overpainted. The painting now appears in some limbo state between its original form and an exacting, though partially imagined, rehabilitation.

Is this 'male Mona Lisa' worth US$450m?

Salvator Mundi was purchased at an estate sale in 2005 for less than US$10,000, and initially considered a copy of a lost Leonardo.
Nov 17, 2017 5:50 AM

YOU can't put a price on beauty; you can put a price on a name. When the National Gallery in London exhibited a painting of Christ in 2011 as a heretofore lost work by Leonardo da Vinci, the surprise in art historical circles was exceeded only by the salivating of dealers and auctioneers.

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