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Not next to the Mona Lisa

April 12, 2021

It may be an authentic Leonardo work but the Louvre would not allow it to be hung next to the Mona Lisa during a major exhibition.  Salvator Mundi, still the most expensive work ever sold at auction which hammered at more than $450 million in 2017 was not at the time definitively by the hand of Leonardo. A  post-auction “confidential” report by the Louvre wasn’t so much leaked to the New York Times but could have been made accessible by prominent Leonardo experts from around the globe, all of whom apparently have copies.  The report details a detailed forensic examination with some of the most sophisticated technologies available all but confirming the authenticity of the work.  However, just because it’s the most valuable auction sale and is authentic doesn’t mean it’s among the best Leonardo works and might not merit a spot next to the most famous painting in the world, this one definitively among Leonardo’s finest.  The story implies that the buyer of Salvator Mundi, unhappy with this decision, withheld the work from the exhibition.  Read more here.

Salvator Mundi