The Controversial Journey of the Salvador Mundi Painting

TLDR The Salvador Mundi painting, believed to be created by Leonardo da Vinci or his students, went from being sold for $1,000 to a record-breaking $450 million. Its provenance and restoration played a crucial role in establishing its value, but its current whereabouts remain unknown.

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00:00 The painting known as Salvador Monday, which was sold for $1,000 in 2005 and later sold for a record-breaking $450 million in 2017, is a 500-year-old image of Christ wearing a blue robe and holding a crystal transparent glass sphere.
01:44 The scarcity and fame of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, including the Salvator Mundi, contribute to their high value and record-breaking auction prices.
03:04 The painting sold in 2005 for $1,000 was in poor condition and not believed to be created by Leonardo da Vinci, but there are over 30 surviving versions of the Salvador Mundi painting created by his students or admirers.
04:20 The painting's provenance is crucial in establishing its value and legitimacy, and while the Mona Lisa has a strong provenance, the provenance of the Salvador Mundi painting was unclear when it appeared in 2005.
05:38 The painting was purchased for $1,000 and underwent a successful restoration, overseen by Diane Dwyer Modestini, before further research revealed its provenance back to 1900.
06:54 The restoration of the painting was completed in 2011 and it was declared an original Leonardo by the National Gallery in London, with most experts attributing it to Leonardo or at least his involvement, although there are some who deny any attribution; it was then sold multiple times before being auctioned off for $450 million to Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Abdullah.
08:18 The whereabouts of the painting are unknown, but there are theories that it is either in an art warehouse in Geneva or on the private yacht of Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea.
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