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The Lost Leonardo is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million, claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. From the moment it is purchased from a shady New Orleans auction house, and its buyers discover masterful brushstrokes beneath its cheap restoration, the fate of the Salvator Mundi is driven by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. But as its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity.
Is this multi-million dollar painting actually by Leonardo - or do certain power players simply want it to be? Unravelling the hidden agendas of the world's richest men and most powerful art institutions, The Lost Leonardo reveals how vested interests became all-important, and the truth secondary.
Director: Andreas Koefoed
★★★★★ "Sweet heavens, this is strong." TIMES UK
★★★★½ "an absorbing gathering of principal players in the scams and schemes at play in the art world, gathering opinions, comments, and stories that could make your toes curl, and rob you blind." FILM INTERNATIONAL
★★★★ "An enthralling dive into art that plays like a detective story" SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
★★★★ "Perhaps Da Vinci should have painted Christ throwing the art dealers out of the temple." GUARDIAN
★★★★ "[A] fascinating documentary." DAILY MAIL UK
★★★★ "The revelations come thick and fast and no-one emerges smelling of roses." ARTS DESK
★★★★ "a truly fascinating and cynical display of political power by proxy, but at this stage no one is surely under any illusions that it was ever about the art." CINEVUE
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