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That $450 Million Leonardo? Itís No Mona Lisa.
NY Times ^ | November 15, 2017 | Jason Fargo

Posted on 11/16/2017 6:08:04 AM PST by C19fan

You can’t put a price on beauty; you can put a price on a name. When the National Gallery in London exhibited a painting of Christ in 2011 as a heretofore lost work by Leonardo da Vinci, the surprise in art historical circles was exceeded only by the salivating of dealers and auctioneers.

The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” is the only Leonardo in private hands, and was brought to market by the family trust of Dmitry E. Rybolovlev, the Russian billionaire entangled in an epic multinational lawsuit with his former dealer, Yves Bouvier. On Wednesday night, at Christie’s postwar and contemporary sale (in which it was incongruously included to reach bidders beyond Renaissance connoisseurs), the Leonardo sold for a shocking $450.3 million, the highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction. Worth it? Well, what are you buying: the painting or the brand?

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography
KEYWORDS: art; auction; dacinvi; davinci; godsgravesglyphs; leonardo; leonardodavinci; painting; renaissance; salvatormundi; saudiarabia
If something is worth $450 MM it would be a di Vinci. There are only 15 da Vinci paintings in existence.
1 posted on 11/16/2017 6:08:04 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan
And...gasp!...that King person on CBS Morning News was in the same room with it at one time!

Anybody that pays this kind of money for a damned painting is just stupid on a whole 'nother level.

Anybody that gets their panties in a wad over it is right up there with them.

This is the absolute height of stupidity.

2 posted on 11/16/2017 6:13:10 AM PST by OldSmaj (The only thing washed on a filthy liberal is their damned brains.)
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To: OldSmaj

One observation: Judas was bribed to identify Jesus to the soldiers. If Jesus had looked like that, it would not have been necessary.


3 posted on 11/16/2017 6:17:06 AM PST by odawg
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To: C19fan

The painting, with the marvelous globe, holding the faint reflection of the artist.

I’ve never seen anything like it and would not think it possible with oil paint.

It’s a masterpiece and worth every penny. The next time it sells will be $750 mil or more.


4 posted on 11/16/2017 6:17:34 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: C19fan
A tidy profit from its last sale price.
5 posted on 11/16/2017 6:18:27 AM PST by alancarp (George Orwell was an optimist.)
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To: OldSmaj

If I were a rich man, yubba dibad dibba du, which I am not, I would rather pay 450 million for a “Salvator Mundi,” than 50 million for a horrid “Ketchup on Canvas” or a Picasso.

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6 posted on 11/16/2017 6:30:27 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: C19fan

It kind of sucks.

But then, I’m no Artiste.


7 posted on 11/16/2017 6:32:50 AM PST by Rome2000 (SMASH THE CPUSA-SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS-CLOSE ALL MOSQUES)
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That $450 Million Leonardo? It’s No Mona Lisa.

Personally, after having seen the Mona Lisa twice, I think I like it better.

Also, most are unaware, besides the Mona Lisa in the Lourve, there's a "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo in The Prado in Madrid.

8 posted on 11/16/2017 6:34:11 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Uranium One = BRIBERY and TREASON - HANG THEM ALL!!!!)
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To: C19fan
Sorry, the phone lines are now closed. No more voting. We have this year's winner in the More Money Than Brains Person of the Year Award.


9 posted on 11/16/2017 6:35:09 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: alancarp

Actually overall if you can afford it it’s a good investment. It’s all in the timing and packaging.


10 posted on 11/16/2017 6:56:19 AM PST by lilypad
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To: Mariner

I agree. It’s beautiful


11 posted on 11/16/2017 7:03:46 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Androgynous lucre.


12 posted on 11/16/2017 7:49:43 AM PST by onedoug
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To: C19fan

13 posted on 11/16/2017 9:01:46 AM PST by katana
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To: The Sons of Liberty

The one in Madrid is believed to be painted by one of his pupils.


14 posted on 11/16/2017 9:10:02 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: The Sons of Liberty

I like this one better, too. Never really got the attraction of Mona except for its idiosyncrasies. But then, I’m a fan of Rembrandt and Bierstadt.


15 posted on 11/16/2017 9:41:15 AM PST by huldah1776 ( Vote Pro-life! Allow God to bless America before He avenges the death of the innocent.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

True, but no one knows for sure and there’s no proof. That narrative fits well to make the one in Paris more valuable.


16 posted on 11/17/2017 8:42:32 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Uranium One = BRIBERY and TREASON - HANG THEM ALL!!!!)
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Thanks C19fan.

17 posted on 11/19/2017 5:07:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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