Leonardo's Salvator Mundi privately sold for 75 Million dollars.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect to modern technology is DNA testing - not just identification but analysis. If he used his spit or other fluids (Urine was used a lot for painting chemicals) that could be tested and compared between his works to positively authenticate them. Not only that but it could clear up the questions of where he is buried and if it is actually his body - and also to determine his ethnicity. It's thought he could have been half Arab on his mothers side. Or most interesting of all is what we could learn from, and use his particular DNA for. The structure of Einsteins brain has led to some interesting studies. What is it that made Leonardo considered the greatest mind that has ever lived? What better test for nature vs nurture could there be?
Imagine raising a little Leo clone in the modern world?
- c. 1490-1519
- Oil on walnut
- 45.4 cm × 65.6 cm (25.8 in × 17.9 in)
- Private collection, New York City (Where now?)