SIXTY-LAST-SUPPERS-CHRISTIES-1 Andy Warhol, Last Supper, 1986
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Andy Warhol's Last Supper, 1986, has been estimated to sell in Christie's November contemporary evening sale for $50 million, whilst Da Vinci's portrait has been estimated at $100 million.

salvator-mundi-leonardo-christies Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at Christie's press conference held on October 10, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Christie's Auction House

The history of Da Vinci's Christ as Salvator Mundi is chequered to say the least. At the beginning of the last decade, the piece was owned by several dealers including Warren Adelson, Alexander Parish and Robert Simon. Parish had previously purchased the work for $10 000, he had the work restored and authenticated as an original Da Vinci. It was revealed to the public in 2011 at the National Gallery as part of the show, ''Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.''

Two years after this show closed, dealer Yves Bouvier purchased the piece in a private sale brokered by Sotheby's for around $80 million. Bouvier sold it to Dmitry Rybolovlev for $127.5 million, which made the dealer a tidy profit. A profit which Rybolovlev later decided was an illegal overcharge and filed a lawsuit against Bouvier.

The work was revealed at Christie's press conference for the November 2017 sale at their New York headquarters at the Rockefeller Center. When questioned about the work's controversial history, Christie's postwar and contemporary chairman, Loic Gouzer, replied, ''We cannot comment about sellers, but it has every passport, every visa.''

 

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