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Da Vinci painting worth £120 million

By T.K. Randall
July 4, 2011 · Comment icon 15 comments

Image Credit: Leonardo Da Vinci
A painting that was sold for £45 was later found to be by Da Vinci and is now worth £120 million.
Entitled Salvator Mundi or "Saviour of the World", the oil on wood painting depicts Jesus Christ offering a blessing while holding a globe. It was originally believed to be the work of one of Da Vinci's pupils until experts confirmed that it was by the master himself.
Experts involved in authenticating the work have been sworn to secrecy and asked not to speak about the find while the National Gallery in London - where the painting is due to be displayed later this year - also refused to comment. The oil on wood panel painting, Salvator Mundi or 'Saviour of the World', depicts Christ with his right hand raised in blessing and his left hand holding a globe and measures 26" by 18. 5".


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by theQ54 13 years ago
Ok....lets get it straight...no its not worth 120 million....it's only worth what somebody is willing to pay for it...if a idiot wants to pay 120 million...it's worth 120 million to "that" idiot...to someone else it's only worth $100....get it? it doesnt mean that if one person pays 100 million thats it's "actually" worth that and that every time it's sold it's got to be sold 100 million or more..if noone ever wanted to pay $10,000 after this idiot bought it for 100 million...then its only worth what someone is willing to pay at that moment...got it??
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tecto 13 years ago
Talk about one man's junk is another man's treasure.
Comment icon #8 Posted by REBEL 13 years ago
Another mysterious Leo painting shrouded in secrecy... Next month Dan Brown finds hidden codes, writes best $eller later makes movie with Tom Wanks... May as well be another self-portrait of Leo himself in his hay-daze for all we know, if in fact it's even his work @ all...(?) Lot of questions with very few answers, only thing certain is someone going to ca$h in on all the BS...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
Ok....lets get it straight...no its not worth 120 million....it's only worth what somebody is willing to pay for it...if a idiot wants to pay 120 million...it's worth 120 million to "that" idiot...to someone else it's only worth $100....get it? it doesnt mean that if one person pays 100 million thats it's "actually" worth that and that every time it's sold it's got to be sold 100 million or more..if noone ever wanted to pay $10,000 after this idiot bought it for 100 million...then its only worth what someone is willing to pay at that moment...got it?? Not yet, but if you keep pounding, maybe w... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Muenzenhamster 13 years ago
Harriet: seeing as how the seller got 45 pounds for it back in 1958, and was probably a fully grown adult at the time, there's a good chance that he or she has been stone dead for some years. Therefore no, the seller is not feeling silly right now. The seller's heirs are probably rather unhappy, however.
Comment icon #11 Posted by odds022 13 years ago
Looks like Jesus was pretty metro... Someone been plucking those eyebrows..?
Comment icon #12 Posted by slowfade 13 years ago
Although it would only let me convert 1955 prices to 2005 prices, the currency converter here says that that £45 would be worth around £783.90 today. A fair bit more - but still not £120 million!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Spectre1979 13 years ago
Ouch for the seller, BOOYAH for the person who bought it!
Comment icon #14 Posted by kitco 13 years ago
haha, I would ask for it back, "here you go the sale wasnt finale, you can have your 45 back... gimee it NOW AGHHHKBGJHJKB
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mycologist 13 years ago
Ok....lets get it straight...no its not worth 120 million....it's only worth what somebody is willing to pay for it...if a idiot wants to pay 120 million...it's worth 120 million to "that" idiot...to someone else it's only worth $100....get it? it doesnt mean that if one person pays 100 million thats it's "actually" worth that and that every time it's sold it's got to be sold 100 million or more..if noone ever wanted to pay $10,000 after this idiot bought it for 100 million...then its only worth what someone is willing to pay at that moment...got it?? More than one person currently wants to bu... [More]


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