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Media Advisory - Da Vinci masterpiece sells for $450 million at auction

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Queen’s University researcher of European Art Jacquelyn Coutré is available to comment on Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi selling for more than $450 million US.

Salvator Mundi set a new record high price for an old master artwork sold at auction and eclipsed the previous record set by Canadian Ken Thomson in 2002. That year, the late media mogul purchased the Peter Paul Rubens masterpiece The Massacre of the Innocents at a Sotheby's London sale for about $76.7 million US.

“It is a tremendously exciting moment for the Old Masters. The desire for powerful paintings by the great artists of history continues to spark the imagination and the market.”

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