Last Privately Owned da Vinci, Authentic Declaration Found, and More Fresh News

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, originally in the Royal Collection of King Charles I. Auction estimate: $100 million. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • It’s being described by Christie’s as the “greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century” — Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Originally in a royal collection, it’s one of fewer than 20 known paintings by Leonardo, and the only one in private hands. Watch for auction-room fireworks on Nov. 15. [Read more from CBS News]
  • On Nov. 11, a previously unknown 1776 original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be sold at a regional auction house in Potsdam, N.Y. There isn’t an auctioneer in America who wouldn’t love to sell an American treasure like that one. How did they get so lucky? [Read more from the Watertown Daily Times]
  • Today’s edition is a trifecta of great rediscoveries. On Oct. 12, a British auction house will offer a 1947 Giacometti sketch that scholars had assumed was lost forever. It turned up during an inventory of antique-shop contents following the 2010 demise of the shop’s owner. [Read more from Robb Report]
  • On Nov. 18, Julien’s will auction a huge collection of jewelry designed by legendary American jeweler Joseff of Hollywood. It includes stunning pieces worn by Vivien Leigh, including a diamond and amethyst necklace Leigh wore as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind. [Read more from Art Daily]

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