The Salvator Mundi is the most expensive painting ever sold. A Renaissance masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, its final price reached $450 million – and it was found for $1175 at a shady New Orleans auction house. Masterful Renaissance brushstrokes revealed under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi's fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do the questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci?
Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and the most powerful art institutions in the world, The Lost Leonardo reveals how vested interests in the Salvator Mundi are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.