I’m getting this one out asap because you can now have your chance to snag Leonardo da Vinci’s last painting, Salvator Mundi, depicting a very Mona-Lisa-like-looking Jesus Christ as the savior of the world. It is an oil painted on panel that dates around 1500. Its estimated value is (in the starting) range of $100 million. Not many of us can afford this but it will most likely be the last chance to put it in private hands for anyone who can purchase. If anything the auction will be fun to watch. You can say you heard it hear before the news announces the lucky winner for probably millions of dollars.
Here are Christie’s bullet points about this artwork in their press release:
- Greatest Artistic Rediscovery of the 21st Century
- One of Fewer Than 20 Paintings by the Great Master Known to Exist
- To Be Offered in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
- Originally in the Royal Collection of King Charles I
- Public Exhibitions Planned for Hong Kong, San Francisco, London, New York
The auction is scheduled for November 15, 2017 in Rockefeller Plaza, NYC.
It’s not often that I receive several notifications that appear to be related but it’s timely when it happens. Along with the auction notice above, it is interesting to know that the number one type of art that sells online is paintings.
This refers to mostly canvas, hand-painted but also digital and photography come in at top ranking among the 3 different types of art: fine, decorative and commercial (digital / graphics). According to this Stocks Review article online art sales have increased by 24% over the last year. Could it have something to do with more people having expendable income because the economy is picking up? Hope so.
Both oil and watercolor paintings, along with prints, were purchased by 72% of all online art buyers last year. Whether those were the paintings by some legendary artist such as Picasso or Da Vinci, or the painting by some self-thought artists from the small town in Spain, you can be sure that this item will be purchased by some buyer in less than a month.
You may (or may not) be surprised by the world’s largest online retailers. Perhaps they cater to the mass art market? Some but not all sell art but these may be platforms to try, if you want to sell artwork With this in mind, I’m encouraged to sell some of my Aunt Katherine’s original, vintage paintings online, besides what I currently sell her collection as custom printed, non-mass produced, reusable wallcovering artwork.
Finally, since paintings take the cake for online art sales, you don’t have to purchase them large-scale. Here’s a piece about the miniature paintings offered by Hermés on the faces of their luxury watches = 2 for the price of one functional art piece.
Have fun perusing these art-buying-ideas but don’t forget, time’s a tickin’ for that auction… 😉