“Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World) painting portrays Jesus Christ wearing a blue and deep red tunic and holding a heavenly sphere in his hands. It will be auctioned in New York on November 15 by Christie’s and is the last painting by Leonardo Da Vinci remaining in private hands. Russian tycoon, Dmitry Ribolovlev, currently has a hold of the paining and is keeping it right here in Limassol.
It is worth noting that in 2013, the table was sold to IB Bouvier by a joint venture through Sotheby’s for $ 80 million, and then Bouwier sold the board to Dmitry Ribolovlev for $ 127.5 million. The artwork was originally bought by collector Alexander Perris in 2005 at a price of $ 10,000 as a product of one of Da Vinci’s students. Sotheby’s specialists then concluded that the painting did not belong to any of the students but to Da Vinci itself.
The initial sale price is estimated to reach $ 100-150 million. According to the auction house, today there are fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, whose works were sought after at the time when their creator was still alive, and with the exception of the “salvator mundi”, all of the paintings belong to museums or institutions.