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Louvre casts doubts on $450 million ‘Leonardo’ authenticity

When the Louvre in Paris announced that it had requested a loan of the Salvator Mundi ahead of its forthcoming Leonardo da Vinci show, it appeared that the world’s most expensive painting would finally be unveiled to the public. But the museum has privately decided it will label the $450 million portrait …

The Invention of the ‘Salvator Mundi’

How to Turn a $1,000 Art-Auction Pickup Into a $450 Million Masterpiece. n 2005, an unusual painting appeared on the website of the New Orleans Auction Gallery, a small operation headquartered on the banks of the Mississippi River. Twenty-six inches tall and 18 and a half inches wide, the painting depicted …