The last privately owned painting by Leonardo da Vinci is expected to fetch as much as $100 million at an upcoming Christie’s auction.
The November 15 contemporary evening sale will feature da Vinci’s last known creation, Salvator Mundi, in addition to Andy Warhol’s 60-panel Last Supper painting. The Warhol piece is estimated to fetch around $50 million.
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev consigned the Salvator Mundi (‘savior of the world’) after purchasing the da Vinci painting for $127.5 million back in 2013. Dating to around 1500, the painting presents an eerie image of Christ with a crystal orb in one hand and his other hand held up in benediction.
Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters announced that the two seemingly disparate art pieces would be paired in a single contemporary sale in order to reflect a “dialogue between these two artists,” said Christie’s executive Loïc Gouzer.