Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga

We revisit interviews about the headline-making auction of the famous painting, its origins and its present whereabouts

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Salvator Mundi attracted world-wide headlines after selling at auction for $450m

Salvator Mundi attracted world-wide headlines after selling at auction for $450m

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

We look back at three interviews about the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. In a short clip from a November 2017 chat, Judd Tully tells us about the atmosphere at Christie's as the Salvator Mundi sold. The Leonardo scholar Martin Kemp explains his view that the painting is a true Leonardo, in an interview from March 2018. And in a wide-ranging conversation from April 2019, Ben Lewis explores the painting's history and the continuing debates about its provenance, attribution and present whereabouts.

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