All posts in Salvator Mundi

The Bouvier Affair: The Art of Deception?

The art world most commonly makes front-page news when there’s a daring heist, such as the stunning theft this week of up to a billion euros of treasures from Dresden’s Grüne Gewölbe, or the spiriting away of the Mona Lisa in 1911 which made it the most famous painting in the world. These Ocean’s Eleven-style […]

Salvator Mundi almost made it to the Louvre exhibition, and may still be included

The Louvre’s much-anticipated Leonardo Da Vinci blockbuster exhibition opened last week, marking the 500-year anniversary of the death of the artist in France. The exhibition and the anniversary are of special importance to the museum, as it holds the largest ever collection of da Vinci paintings and drawings. One notably absent work remained: the Salvator Mundi. The […]

When an art dealer single-handedly earns more money than an auction house

Is it possible for an individual art dealer to earn more money than an auction house that’s been in business for 300 years? The answer should be no. Yet Yves Bouvier and Sotheby’s have managed to refute this popular belief. Indeed, the huge income the Swiss art dealer apparently generated has raised eyebrows around the […]

Leading auction house Sotheby’s takes legal hit amidst Rybolovlev-Bouvier battle

Just days after the announcement that Sotheby’s is set to be sold for $3.7 billion to a company owned by French media tycoon Patrick Drahi, the company suffered a bruising legal setback in Manhattan courts. This Tuesday, June 25th, Judge Jesse Furman, of the District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), denied […]

Louvre ditches Salvator Mundi over authenticity doubts

Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, will no longer be part of this year’s highly anticipated Leonardo da Vinci show in Paris after many months of a failed attempt to attribute it to the artist. The painting famously sold for $450 million at Christie’s in New York in 2017 but has been out of […]

The marketing genius behind the ‘Salvator Mundi’ switches gears

Chances are that the name Marc Sands doesn’t necessarily ring any bells, although his CV and track record most certainly do. As chief marketing officer at Christie’s, Sands was vital in the campaign behind the auction house’s most impressive sale to date: the record-smashing sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. The auction house made history […]

The good, bad, and the ugly: 2018 in review

As the year draws to an end, it feels like the best time to look back at the art world’s highs and lows. So, we’ve summed 2018 up for you here. The good: Banksy, Banksy, Banksy… This year, it seems like Banksy just hasn’t stopped. Whether it was when he shredded his own artwork minutes […]