Leonardo Painting’s Mysterious Ties to La., Rocky Statue, and More Fresh News

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, originally in the Royal Collection of King Charles I. Courtesy Christie’s Imaged Ltd. 2017

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Salvator Mundi, the only Leonardo da Vinci painting still in private hands, is expected to sell for more than $100 million on Wednesday night at Christie’s. The artwork’s trail of ownership is something of a mystery. Reportedly it sold in a Louisiana auction in 2005 … for only $10,000. [Read more from the New Orleans Advocate]
  • An 1,800-lb. bronze statue of the iconic boxer Rocky Balboa has sold for $403,657 in California. It’s one of two identical 12-ft-tall examples created by sculptor Thomas Schomberg for use in Rocky III. [Read more from PSACard.com]
  • New details have emerged about how a $160 million Willem de Kooning painting stolen from a museum wound up in a dusty antique shop in New Mexico. Apparently it was part of a group of items sold to an antique dealer … for a mere $2,000 [Read more from the NY Post]
  • Rock legend Neil Young is auctioning his vast collection of model trains, guitars, recording gear, memorabilia and classic cars at Julien’s (LA) on December 9th. The automotive section includes a 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse identical to the one Young and his band, The Squires, used when hauling equipment to gigs in the early 1960s. Online bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. [Read more from Julien’s Auctions]

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