Rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci painting expected to fetch $100M

Reflecting on the $100 million estimate, Wintermute said, "There has never been anything like it sold, and so the market will decide".

The work, dating from around 1500, is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by Leonardo.

Prior to the discovery of the Salvator Mundi, the last discovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci was the Benois Madonna found in 1909.

"Leonardo's painting of Salvator Mundi was long believed to have existed but was generally presumed to have been destroyed until it was rediscovered in 2005", the company's press release said.

"Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time", Loic Gouzer, chairman of post-war and contemporary art for Christie's NY, said in a statement.

"Despite being created approximately 500 years ago, the work of Leonardo is just as influential to the art that is being created today as it was in the 15th and 16th centuries", Loic Gouzer, the chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's in NY said. A crystal orb is placed in his left hand, while his right hand is raised in benediction.

Since then, "Salvator Mundi" has been in private ownership.

"This is truly the Holy Grail of art rediscoveries", said Alan Wintermute, Christie's senior specialist for Old Master paintings, explaining that the portrait had always been thought to have been lost or destroyed.

Andy Warhol's 1986 painting "Sixty Last Suppers" - based on Leonardo's Renaissance "Last Supper" masterpiece - also will be featured. The painting was found in 2007 and was revealed to the public in 2011 after the restoration process was complete.

It belonged to King Charles I of England, where it is recorded in the inventory of the royal collection drawn up a year after his execution, the auction house said. "Christ's face and hair were overpainted". And in 1958, it was sold at Sotheby's for just £45. It took six years to authenticate it.

Leonardo da Vinci's "male Mona Lisa" painting will soon be listed for auction at $100 million. "No one will ever be able to fully grasp the wonder of Leonardo's paintings, just as no one will ever be able to fully know the origins of the universe".

It goes up for auction on November 15 at Christie's in NY.

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