All posts in Salvator Mundi

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 […]

The blood in Jordan Eagles’ ‘Jesus, Christie’s’ runs deeper than you might think

Just over a year ago, Christie’s rocked the art world when they sold Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for $450.3 million. The hype surrounding what was deemed ‘the last da Vinci’ – though some question if it’s even by da Vinci – was palpable. Everyone suddenly seemed to know the artwork and videos by the […]

Dmitry Rybolovlev, seller of Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’, detained in Monaco

On the morning of Tuesday, 6 November, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev was detained for questioning at the request of a Monaco investigative judge. On November 7, Monaco’s chief prosecutor declared Rybolovlev a “formal suspect” in the graft probe. According to early reports, the detention and questioning of Rybolovlev was based on allegations of corruption, trafficking […]

Highly Anticipated Salvator Mundi Display is Delayed Indefinitely

The Louvre in Abu Dhabi has announced further delays to the highly anticipated public display of the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. This comes at a time of major speculation regarding the piece’s authenticity, with some claims that it was in fact done by a student of Da Vinci and not […]

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev launches $380 million USD lawsuit against Sotheby’s

The Bouvier Affair evolved further last week when Russian billionaire and notable art collector Dmitry Rybolovlev launched a $380 million USD lawsuit against Sotheby’s. Yves Bouvier, a Swiss arts dealer, has been alleged to have defrauded numerous of his clients by misrepresenting the costs of artworks and subsequently charging buyers grossly exaggerated prices. Lawsuits against Bouvier have been heard […]