Salvator Mundi, circa 1500. Or the trans Mona Lisa. On offer at Christie's New York on 15 November, and already guaranteed to the owner at X Squillion dollars. Everything about this Leonardo da Vinci is perplexing. Is it even da Vinci? Apparently so. Definitely? The condition is so compromised it seems the shadow of something great. Controversially, it will be offered in a Post-war and Contemporary Art sale, alongside Andy Warhol's 'Sixty Last Suppers'. Clunk clunk spin spin go the great minds of Christie's. Is the gavel hovering over the coffin of the Old Master Paintings market? Or is this a stroke of marketing genius? Probably both. I do wonder if King Chas I, from whose collection it once came, is turning in his grave?
By the way, it is NOT the last da Vinci in private hands as the hype goes. In any event, hurry! It's your last chance to buy a da Vinci! And a good opportunity to gawp at a painting part fairy dust, part genius, part wrong, and part Emperor's New Clothes. Look into the crystal ball. What do you see? It'll be on view at Christie's London, 24 - 26 November. Start queuing now! #leonardo #davinci #salvatormundi @christiesinc #oldmasterpaintings #crystalball #artmarket #postwarandcontemporary #andywarhol #monalisa #charlesi