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The Lost Leonardo (2021)

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Critic Consensus: A documentary that feels like a heist thriller, The Lost Leonardo paints an arresting portrait of some of the art world's most colorful characters.

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THE LOST LEONARDO tells the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million, claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. From the moment it is purchased from a shady New Orleans auction house, and its buyers discover masterful brushstrokes beneath its cheap restoration, the fate of the Salvator Mundi is driven by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. But as its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity. Is this multi-million dollar painting actually by Leonardo -- or do certain power players simply want it to be? Unravelling the hidden agendas of the world's richest men and most powerful art institutions, THE LOST LEONARDO reveals how vested interests became all-important, and the truth secondary.

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There have been several recent films about the pressures dictating prices on the international art market, but none have been as instructive -- or as enthralling -- as The Lost Leonardo.

December 6, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps Da Vinci should have painted Christ throwing the art dealers out of the temple.

September 10, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sweet heavens, this is strong.

September 10, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The unknown becomes the unknowable. In this story, all interests are vested, and the most esteemed authorities can be - at best - winging it.

September 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The re-creations of clandestine meetings and shots of faceless men transporting the painting can be a bit cloak-and-dagger cheesy, [but] that's the only stumble in a film that tells a strange tale populated by a cast of eccentric and dangerous characters.

September 2, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Really, "The Lost Leonardo" is a detective story. Like any good detective story, it's also a morality tale.

September 1, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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