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Art World Art Industry News: Christie’s Responds to Claim That da Vinci Didn’t Really Paint the $450


Salvator Mundi

A woman holds up a paddle with the likeness of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" at Christie's. (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The auction house has refuted the opinion of the Oxford academic who claims Salvator Mundi wasn’t painted by Leonardo da Vinci but by an assistant, pointing to the “broad consensus” of scholarly opinion that says otherwise. Another Oxford scholar, the famed Leonardo expert Martin Kemp, promises a book he’s publishing in 2019 will present “a conclusive body of evidence that the Salvator Mundi is a masterpiece by Leonardo.” Meanwhile, the Russian