''Salvator Mundi,'' an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500, is expected to sell for about $100 million at Christie's in November. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie's announced on Tuesday (October 10). "Salvator Mundi," an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500, is expected to sell for about $100 million at Christie's in November, making it among the most highly-valued works ever to be sold at auction. "This is truly the Holy Grail of art rediscoveries," said Alan Wintermute, Christie's senior specialist for Old Master paintings, explaining that the portrait sometimes called the male Mona Lisa had long been thought to have been lost or destroyed. The portrait depicts Christ in vivid blue and crimson robes holding a crystal orb. "Salvator Mundi" will be sold at Christie's in New York at its Nov. 15 sale of post-war and contemporary art following public exhibitions in Hong Kong, London and San Francisco. The same sale at Christie's will feature Andy Warhol's monumental "Sixty Last Suppers," a piece from one of the pop artist's final series before his death in 1987. The 32-foot, multiple-image work is estimated to fetch $50 million.