Da Vinci’s mysterious $450 million Salvator Mundi downgraded

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The Salvator Mundi, which was bought for a record-setting $450m in November 2017 as an authentic art piece by Leonardo da Vinci by a Saudi buyer, has been downgraded by curators at a major museum. The catalogue of the exhibition Leonardo and the Copy of the Mona Lisa, organised by the Spanish Prado Museum, lists the Salvator Mundi as a piece that could have been realised by Leonardo da Vinci or in his workshop. This casts doubts over whether the Italian polymath did paint the piece. The exhibition will run in Madrid until 23 January 2022. “Some specialists consider that there was a now lost pr…

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