Salvator Mundi, Painted by da Vinci, Gets Downgraded by the Prado Museum

Most Expensive Painting In The World Gets Downgraded

In 2017 Prince Badr bin Abdullah acquired Salvator Mundi, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, for 450 million dollars. Then, Saudi Arabia’s Culture Minister broke the record for the most expensive painting on the planet. The work of art had been sold at Christie’s auctioned house as a verified work. However recently, the painting was recognized to have been downgraded by the Prado Museum.

The museum removed the painting from the category that featured works determined to be painted by the artist. And this is one of the hardest-hitting accusations thrown by a leading museum. In addition, the question concerning whether the work is authentic rises again. Previously, some specialists argued if the work of art was created by Da Vinci himself. Some of them suppose that there was a now lost prototype of the original painting of the master. 

And while experts continue to dispute over the work’s authenticity, the original artist who painted the world’s most expensive painting still remains a mystery to everyone.

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