As the Danish documentary director Andreas Koefoed said in the fascinating answer in “The Lost Leonardo”, the answer involves a group of interesting people: art historians, art critics, Saudi rulers, the National Gallery, London, The Louvre, the disgraced Swiss art dealer, and, surprisingly, the CIA and FBI.
Koefoed spoke in accented English over the phone, saying “We started in early 2018”. “Salvatore Mundi’, Latin for ‘Savior of the World’, was sold to Saudi Arabia a few months after the Christie’s auction. Arab) Muhammad Bin Salman and it became the most valuable painting in world history.
Koefoed’s mission was to “tell the amazing story of the painting that was discovered in 2005, only 12 years ago.-Now it is one of the most valuable paintings.” There are many twists and turns in this larger story. This is a wonderful, small story.
“Soon, we had the idea of using this painting itself as the protagonist of the movie. On this extraordinary journey, we reached out to everyone involved.
Two art dealers hailing from New York are the first. In 2005, they found Mundi in New Orleans. Next: The restorer spent 4 years working on the painting “just after she lost her husband.” It was then studied by many scholars who eventually helped identify the painting as the original Leonardo.
Koefoed stated that Leonardo Salvatore Mundi (Leonardo Salvatore Mundi), was the true mystery among many. It is listed in the inventories of King Charles I of England.
It is not the same one that we have today, but we cannot be certain. It was bought in London as a very exquisite collection since 1900, and it was hung there until ’58, when it was auctioned in London for £45. A New Orleans American family purchased it.
It is still there. It’s possible that no one in the family is aware of its identity.
Two art collectors purchased it at that time for $1,100. They hired experts to evaluate it and tried to sell the piece for $200 million.
However, no museum could afford to purchase the controversial Leonardo. Russian oligarchs saw painting as a way to preserve wealth in Switzerland’s “Free Port”, where paintings can be kept without tax.
The US authorities were prompted to investigate money laundering.
As part of the 500th anniversary Da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre, the Saudi owner plans to hang his Mundi near Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa”.
The Louvre stated that it was impossible. It should be in a separate space. The prince made a mockery of himself-his Mundi have not appeared in public since.
(“Lost Leonardo” was screened Friday at Kendall Square Cinema.