5 FACTS ABOUT SAL­VA­TOR MUNDI

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Sal­va­tor Mundi is one of fewer than 20 known sur­viv­ing paint­ings by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Ital­ian Re­nais­sance mas­ter.

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Dat­ing from around 1500, it is an oil paint­ing on wal­nut panel and de­picts Christ as Saviour of the World, fac­ing the viewer, and dressed in flow­ing robes. He holds a crys­tal orb in his left hand as he raises his right hand in bene­dic­tion.

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It is be­lieved to have been cre­ated for the French royal fam­ily and later trav­elled to Eng­land where it was recorded in the col­lec­tion of King Charles I.

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It dis­ap­peared from records and was pre­sumed to have been de­stroyed. It was later re­dis­cov­ered in 2007 but it was thought to be a copy of a lost orig­i­nal.

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It was later re­stored and in Novem­ber 2017, it broke the world record for an artwork sold at auc­tion when Lou­vre Abu Dhabi paid US$450.3m for it at Christie’s New York.

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