Tech & Science True or False Vinci? Revelations around the "most expensive painting in the world"

12:40  08 april  2021
12:40  08 april  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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The "most expensive table in the world", the "Salvator Mundi", acquired for $ 450 million on behalf of Saudi Prince Mohammed Ben Salmane, would probably be the Léonard de Vinci workshop and not the master, according to one Documentary soon broadcast in France.

and Paris would have declined the conditions required by Riyadh to expose it in the Léonard exhibition in 2019 at the Louvre, reveals this film.

Antoine Vitkine, director of the documentary that will be released on France April 5 on April 13, investigated this table redeemed in 2005 in poor condition for $ 1.175 by a New York Merchant and restored in the United States. It will be authenticated as a real Leonard by several British experts, sold to a Russian oligarch who will then decide to resell it.

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It will finally be put on sale in November 2017 in the middle of a contemporary art bid, being presented as entirely painted by Leonard in the catalog.

If the Saudi power has never confirmed that the prince is the owner of the "last Vinci", concordant information indicates that he has acquired it by hiding behind a series of intermediaries.

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The Hirier Prince, who wants to embody some modernity and cultural openness in the Saudi Royal Family, has the ambition to build museums, especially on Al-Ula's ancient site. According to the documentary, being able to have a Leonardo da Vinci could be in the eyes of "MBS" a starting point for a prestigious collection that the kingdom does not yet have.

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While the experts began to doubt - it would not be part of the hand of Leonard's assistants? - In April 2018, "MBS" was received by Emmanuel Macron. According to an internal source of the administration cited in the documentary, the "Salvator Mundi" was on the menu of the discussions.

Saudis ask France to appraise the painting. The Louvre houses the C2RMF, laboratory for the analysis of works of art. There would have been three months ago.

Expertise would demonstrate, always according to this source, that "Leonardo would have made only contribute to the table." The Louvre would have informed Saudis.

Ben Salmane wanted to lend the painting to the Louvre for the great exhibition dedicated to Leonard de Vinci at the end of 2019. "His request was very clear: Exposing the + Salvator Mundi + alongside the joconde, and present it as a 100% Vinci. L Exposing to these Saudi Conditions would be to whiten a work at $ 450 million ", argues the same source to its superiors.

According to the documentary, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Culture, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Franck Riester, would have been "sensitive to all the projects shown by Saudi", in the area of ​​cultural and tourist opening of their country .

"end of September, macron slice: it is decided not to respond to the request of MBS". At the last moment, Ben Salmane would have refused to lend him to conditions other than his own.

"Antoine Vitkine had solicited the Louvre but we did not want to answer his questions, the painting that was not ready at the Léonard Retrospective of Vinci," the museum said on Wednesday, interviewed by AFP.

The documentary is a very documented charge against an art market where works are sought as speculative products, and where intermediaries affect exorbitant commissions.

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