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Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: expert uncovers ‘exciting’ new evidence

Did Louvre Abu Dhabi’s $450m painting belong to an English nobleman who followed Charles I to the scaffold in 1649?

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Appointments

The Met's Luke Syson to head Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Curator returns to the UK where he organised the blockbuster 2011 Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery in London

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Art market

Russian billionaire Rybolovlev sues Sotheby’s for $380m in fraud damages

The mega-collector’s latest lawsuit, filed in New York, escalates his three-year legal feud with Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier

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Art market

Salvator Mundi’s patchwork provenance now includes a 50-year stop in Louisiana

The work was bought by a Baton Rouge family for about $120 while travelling in London in 1958, the Wall Street Journal reports

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‘Genuine’ Leonardo ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

The seller says that the painting, titled A Young Girl in Furs, was authenticated by the Stockholm art valuation firm Atelje Catellani

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Museums

Salvator Mundi will not go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi this month, for reasons unknown

$450.3m Leonardo da Vinci painting was due to be unveiled at museum in two weeks but its display has now been delayed

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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi: Why Bernardino Luini should be back in the frame

The Art Newspaper invites Matthew Landrus to expand on his theory on attribution to Leonardo and studio

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Victoria and Albert Museum brings Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks to life online

New technology allows novices and scholars to zoom in on the artist’s sketches and notes

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Museums

Leonardo da Vinci’s $450m Salvator Mundi to go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi on 18 September

The painting will be loaned to the Louvre in Paris next year for an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of artist's death

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Attribution

National Gallery in London accused of altering attribution of Hermitage's 'Leonardo' for 2011 blockbuster show

Leading scholar says gallery's own curators believed Madonna Litta to be by Boltraffio, a pupil of the master

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Podcast episode 25: Living with Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo specialist Martin Kemp on decades spent in the company of the Renaissance master, plus, we celebrate the 300th edition of The Art Newspaper

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Museums race to secure loans for 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

Venues across Europe ramp up requests as multiple shows are planned for 2019

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Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts tried to borrow $450m Salvator Mundi for its Charles I exhibition

New London show has received glowing reviews but there is one conspicuous absentee

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Art market

From Van Gogh to Richter—what happens when bidders fail to pay up at auction?

Flaky winning bids are knocking the gloss off record-breaking sales

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Diary of an art historian

Stop reading, start looking: today’s art history students are not getting a grounding in connoisseurship skills

When I put an image of a well-known Titian on the screen, only one of 40 could identify the artist

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Art market

Author Don Thompson takes issue with 'the last Leonardo' tagline and casts 2018 market predictions

$450m Salvator Mundi sale too late to be included in new book, The Orange Balloon Dog, but would have filled several chapters, economist says

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A new Leonardo? Scholarly show claims to reveal master’s hand

Worcester Art Museum argues for reattribution of altarpiece panels by Verrocchio’s workshop

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Leonardo da Vinci is big business for Berlin copyists whose Salvator Mundi is in the pipeline

Russian brothers behind the replicas are planning a show of their Leonardo reproductions next year

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Art market

Beyond Leonardo: the artists who led the auctions in 2017

We survey the top five results in key markets, from Old Masters to Post-war and contemporary

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Diary of an art historian

How to identify a wreck

Better public understanding of condition requires greater access to digital images

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Salvator Mundi

We acquired Leonardo's Salvator Mundi, Abu Dhabi says

Announcement appears to contradict earlier reports linking purchase to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches institute to promote art in the Middle East

Recently identified buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is planning a pavilion at the Venice Biennale, art teaching in schools, international exhibitions, archaeology and virtual reality

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince revealed as buyer of $450m Leonardo and loan confirmed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Gesture consolidates close political alliance between Saudi Arabia and the UAE

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Saudi prince revealed as mystery buyer of the Salvator Mundi

News sent Twitter into a tizzy

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Art market

What does a $450m Leonardo mean for the Old Master market?

Slick marketing produced stupendous sale price for Salvator Mundi, but it sparked revulsion as well as elation

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Bill Gates to send his Leonardo manuscript to the Uffizi

Codex Leicester will go on show in Florence for the first time in almost four decades

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The Salvator Mundi may have changed the market for ever—but we have been through this before

Martin Gammon on the historical precedents of the $450m sale

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Was a 'double-bind guarantee' behind the $450m Leonardo sale?

Rumour mill has gone into overdrive over record-breaking auction

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In the frame

Ikea offers Salvator Mundi buyer chance to bag a bargain

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Art market

Former Met director sparks Instagram spat over $450m Leonardo da Vinci

Thomas Campbell posted an image of the Salvator Mundi before conservation, triggering a row with its former co-owner Robert Simon and Christie’s Loic Gouzer

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Podcast episode nine: $450m! The Leonardo breaks all records

How the art sale of the century happened, with Judd Tully, our man in the salesroom. Plus, a new museum in Indonesia

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Analysis: Christie's postwar and contemporary auction nets $785.9m, with a big assist from an Old Master

Despite buy-ins, the sale saw several strong prices and records below the dizzy height of $450.3m for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

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Leonardo's Salvator Mundi sells for $450m at Christie's New York

Price makes it the most expensive painting of all time

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Leonardo marketed as a rock star ahead of Salvator Mundi sale

Painting is being presented by Christie’s as the “Holy Grail of Old Master paintings”

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Christie's releases condition report on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Pre-auction assessment offers more evidence that painting is original Leonardo but also reveals problems posed by painting’s wooden panel

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Art market

From £45 to $100m: Leonardo heads to New York

Salvator Mundi will break Old Master auction record as seller dispute rumbles on

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In the frame

Leonardo frenzy in London as crowds throng to see Salvator Mundi