Salvator Mundi

Podcast

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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Diary of an art historian

Did the buyer of the Salvator Mundi get played—or did we?

What better way to boost its star power than by making it "disappear" for a few months?

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Law

Sotheby's denied dismissal of Rybolovlev's $380m lawsuit by New York judge

Papers filed in a Manhattan court this week order a pre-trial conference and the release of confidential documents

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Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa like you've never seen her: Louvre to use VR for first time in Leonardo fifth centenary show

Museum officials say they still hope to include Salvator Mundi in major autumn show

Podcast

How did Salvator Mundi go from $1,000 to $450m? Plus, the tragedy of Van Gogh's only love

We speak to the authors of two new books: Ben Lewis about Leonardo; and Martin Bailey about Van Gogh. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Leonardo da Vinci

London's National Gallery defends inclusion of Salvator Mundi in Leonardo show after criticism in new book

The curator’s attribution to the Renaissance master helped Christie’s achieve a world record price for the painting

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Salvator Mundi

'We want Salvator Mundi' for Leonardo blockbuster, Louvre says

Claims that it had "cancelled plans" to show the work are "fake information", the museum says

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Salvator Mundi

Simon Fujiwara builds mini museum for Leonardo's Salvator Mundi at the Whitechapel in London

The original painting is never shown, only copies and projections are displayed

Blog
Diary of an art historian

Speculation over Leonardo says more about us than the art

Facts seem no longer to matter with the famous picture

Podcast

2018: the year in review

Our London and New York teams ponder 2018's biggest art stories. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in heritage: conservators become art

The conservation of masterpieces is happening in the full glare of the public

Analysis
The Year In Review

Market stunts predict the future… and evoke the past

The Leonardo and Banksy auction spectacles suggested a future in which marketing triumphs. But was it ever thus?

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Salvator Mundi

Would the 'royal' Salvator Mundi please stand up?

Pushkin Museum’s Giampietrino painting may be the one listed in inventory of Charles I’s collection, rather than the Abu Dhabi work

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Art market

Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev charged in corruption probe brought by Monaco police

The formal investigation follows his detainment earlier this week related to an ongoing spat with the art dealer Yves Bouvier

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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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Leonardo da Vinci

‘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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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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Leonardo da Vinci

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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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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Art market

Russian tycoon accuses Yves Bouvier of 'campaign of disinformation' as US calls off investigation into Swiss entrepreneur

Dmitry Rybolovlev's $450m windfall from Salvator Mundi sale undermined fraud allegation, report says, but criminal cases against Bouvier in Europe are ongoing

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Conservation & Preservation

How much of conservators’ work should be visible and how much should be hidden?

The release of a pre-conservation image of Leonardo’s $450m Salvator Mundi reignites debate over the transparency of conservators’ interventions

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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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Art market

New York court grants permission for Rybolovlev to use confidential documents in UK and Switzerland

Order could pave way for Russian billionaire to launch High Court case against Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier and Sotheby’s

Analysis

The top ten museum acquisitions of 2017

We look back at some of most important purchases and donations that entered public collections this year

Blog
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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Leonardo da Vinci

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 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

Comment
Leonardo da Vinci

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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Leonardo da Vinci

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