Dating da vinci
Also, happens to be the only one in private hands, as Christie's points out.
Come November 15, the painting will change hands once again as Christie's auctions it off at Rockefeller Plaza.
(At that time, it was thought that the artist wasn't Leonardo da Vinci but was one of his followers, Bernardino Luini.) It's also rare because it's only one of less than 20 paintings that are known to exist by da Vinci.
I can hardly convey how exciting it is for those of us directly involved in its sale.
The word ‘masterpiece’ barely begins to convey the rarity, importance and sublime beauty of Leonardo’s painting.’"Of course, also bear in mind: This is a sales pitch by a salesperson, one representing a house that just vastly overestimated the price of a Francis Bacon painting at auction in London last week.
It’s craft skills beyond anything else in Scotland.“A lot of people reckon the Holy Grail is under there, and a lot of people say the head of John the Baptist is under there.
I’ve been involved in scans of that pillar and there is nothing inside.“The beauty and the mystery is on the outside in plain sight.” He also believes any knights buried under the chapel floor are brave Scots, and not Knights Templar.He threw two chests out the window as his servants were escorting his family out.“There were some seriously valuable papers and books. That’s where the scriptorium was.”SEE ALSO: Cracking code to Rosslyn takes more than Da Vinci Rosslyn has been in the St Clair family for 600 years.