Wednesday, November 15, 2017

art & money: $60 => $450,000,000

'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' sells for record $450m - BBC News

Salvator Mundi

"The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World).
Salvator Mundi was discovered hidden under layers of paint...
In 1958 it was sold at auction in London for $60. By then the painting was generally reckoned to be the work of a follower of Leonardo and not the work of Leonardo himself.

The final bid for the work was $400m, with fees bringing the full price up to $450.3m"
How Diamonds Are Polished | Natural History Magazine

"Diamonds as they are found in the rough state are not impressive. They have none of the magical flashes of light which in the finished stone make them unique among the noble family of gems. It is in polishing that a goodly part of the price of a diamond is acquired; for the art of turning a rough diamond into a glittering brilliant is a long process requiring a superlative degree of skill."

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