Is this painting of Jesus worth $100 million?

Visitors view the painting'Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York Auction House

Visitors view the painting'Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York Auction House

Which, of course, suggests a clickbaity headline along the lines of "Leonardo DiCaprio Went Shopping for a Leonardo da Vinci Painting and You WILL Believe What Happened Next!" This week, he will find out if he is right. For years it was presumed to have been destroyed. "The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honor that comes around once in a lifetime", said Loic Gouzer the Chairman of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie's in NY. Long believed to be a copy before it was certified as authentic, it fetched a mere US$60 (in today's money) in 1958 before disappearing again for decades.

The painting re-entered the art market in 2005, when some art experts acquired it for relative peanuts at a local auction in the United States. "It doesn't really get better than that".

Da Vinci painted the image of Jesus Christ at about the same time as the "Mona Lisa" - around 1500.

Pablo Picasso holds the world record for the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.

The Women Of Algiers (Version O) fetched US$179.4 million at Christie's in NY in 2015.

Other highlights being offered by the auction house are "Contraste de formes", a 1913 Fernand Leger valued at $65 million and "Laboureur dans un champ" by Van Gogh, painted from the window of a French asylum in 1889 and valued at $50 million.

For this short film created for Christie's, Droga5 worked with photographer Nadav Kander to place a hidden camera beneath the "Salvator Mundi"-aka "The Last da Vinci"-while it was on display in the auction house's NY gallery space".

Chief among them is Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of George Dyer", valued at $35-45 million, and which it says is appearing in public for the first time in 50 years.

Sotheby's other star lot is a 1972 Mao by Warhol, exhibited in Berlin, Turin and Paris, and now back in public view for the first time since 1974. The estimated $100 million Old Master is headlining a contemporary art sale.

And, for the first time, the house has added a rare automobile to an art auction, offering Michael Schumacher's Grand Prix-winning Ferrari for upwards of US$4 million on Thursday. But is it a work of art? "But it's... the very best racing vehicle ever sold at an auction".

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