The Lost Leonardo

This is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. From the moment the painting is bought for $1175 at a shady New Orleans auction house, and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brush strokes 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 questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci? Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and most powerful art institutions in the world, reveals how vested interests in the Salvator Mundi are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary. In English and French with subtitles.(PG-13, 96 mins)

“An enthralling, globe-trotting story of greed. It plays out like a detective mystery and feels as meticulously plotted as an art heist. It’s so well told.” – Claudia Puig, FilmWeeek

“Filmmaker Andreas Koefoed paints a telling portrait about the art world, illustrating the deception, the pretense and the secret billionaire buyers at the apex of some shady shenanigans.” – Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

“Really, The Lost Leonardo is a detective story. Like any good detective story, it’s also a morality tale.” – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe