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Auction House Unveils Top Secret Find: A Rediscovered Leonardo Da Vinci Painting From 1500

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Discovering treasures of the past can enlighten us on our human history. Paintings, sculptures, and other art forms allow us to marvel at what the human hands are capable of doing — plus, the result is always stunning to see!

It’s also quite amazing when pieces have survived for so long. They changed hands maybe dozens of times and may have been damaged after centuries of improper care, but that’s why we have museums to restore them to their former glory!

Christie’s, the auction house, had been teasing art buffs with their announcement that they had acquired a top secret masterpiece, deemed the “the biggest discovery of the 21st century.”

That discovery was recently revealed as the Salvator Mundi (“Savior of the World”), a previously lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.

It was reportedly painted around the year 1500 and is only one of less than 20 paintings by the Italian artist. It depicts Jesus Christ in lapis lazuli robes, and he bears a likeness to da Vinci’s most famous work, the Mona Lisa.

The painting was originally held by King Charles I but was then lost and even painted over. It resurfaced in 2005.

It will be displayed in several cities around the world before returning to New York, where it will be auctioned off for an estimated $100 million.

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