$450 Million da Vinci Vanishes


In 2017, the art world was abuzz as drama unfolded around the sale of “Salvator Mundi,” a painting of Jesus Christ that was attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Intrigue surrounding the work ran high between its record-setting selling price of more than $450 million, an anonymous bidder thought to represent Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and experts from around the world debating the authenticity of the work, which looked distinctly different from da Vinci’s other works.

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