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Last Da Vinci Painting In Private Hands Will Be Auctioned Next Month

The portrait of Jesus Christ, Salvator Mundi, was recently confirmed to be a da Vinci that had been thought to be destroyed. It's not clear where the painting was, exactly, for more than a century.
Christie's unveiled Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi at Christie's New York on Tuesday in New York City. / Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images

The only known Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands is heading to auction.

The portrait of Jesus Christ, Salvator Mundi, was only recently confirmed to be a da Vinci. This piece was thought to be a copy of a destroyed original. And it's still not clear where the painting was, exactly, for more than a century.

that this and The Associated Press, when it is auctioned at Christie's in New York on Nov. 15.

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