The one who stands out even among the few polymaths that the world has had so far is Leonardo da Vinci. A remarkable painter, a great musician, avid inventor, an impeccable writer, a distinguished sculptor and architect and a lot more, da Vinci was a man with insatiable curiosity in nearly every field. He completed about 20 matchless paintings, of which only one is available for purchase in the market. All the others are held in either museums or in collections. For long, the painting was believed to be a copy but has eventually been certified as the original one.
Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci NYTimes
Leonardo da Vinci BBC
Among a host of other post-war and contemporary art pieces to be sold at Christie’s and its rival Sotheby’s this month, Salvator Mundi will be one of the top attractions for art enthusiasts, for its starting price and the controversy over its actual owner.
Salvator Mundi at Christie’s Independent/ Reuters
Four years ago, Russian collector Dmitry Rybolovlev had bought the painting for about Rs.832,63,00,000 (USD 127.5 million) and is now suing a Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier after their disagreement over its price. However, for the moment, the current seller of the masterpiece, as identified by Christie’s is a European art collector.