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Rare Leonardo da Vinci painting could sell for over $100 million in New York auction

Rare Leonardo da Vinci painting could sell for over $100 million in New York auction
Posted at 6:22 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 06:22:28-05

A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennia since the artist's death is set to be auctioned Wednesday in New York
    
The 500-year-old oil painting depicting Christ holding a crystal orb is called "Salvator Mundi" or "Savior of the World."
    
It has been guaranteed by a backer to sell for at least $100 million (85 million euros).
    
Christie's is the auction house conducting the sale. It says it is the only painting by the Renaissance master in private hands.
    
Christie's has exhibited the painting in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and New York in the weeks prior to Wednesday's sale.