Leonardo DiCaprio Looked at a Leonardo da Vinci and You WILL Believe What Happened Next

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Nov 10, 2017

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For this short film created for Christie's, Droga5 worked with photographer Nadav Kander to place a hidden camera beneath the "Salvator Mundi"--aka "The Last da Vinci"--while it was on display in the auction house's New York gallery space. As Droga5 puts it in a statement, "As the people looked on, Leonardo da Vinci looked back, painting a picture of the overwhelming emotion that this painting, its beauty and its divine subject matter stirred in all who came to see it."

Among those who came to see it, as glimpsed in the film: actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Which, of course, suggests a clickbaity headline along the lines of "Leonardo DiCaprio Went Shopping for a Leonardo da Vinci Painting and You WILL Believe What Happened Next!"

Spoiler: He looked at the painting thoughtfully.

And then he didn't buy it ... because he couldn't (at least not yet), because it only formally goes up for auction on Wednesday.

(Another spoiler: DiCaprio, a noted art collector, probably can't afford it. Per Art News: "Christie's to Offer Last Leonardo Painting Left in Private Hands at November Contemporary Sale, Estimated at $100 M.")

Leonardo DiCaprio actually has one of the more reserved, contemplative reactions to the "Salvator Mundi." Some of the people--who are generally nonfamous, other than Patti Smith, who also makes an appearance--shown in the film are obviously deeply affected by the sight of the masterpiece. Like, literally moved to tears.

And therein lies the truly sad subtext of the film: Post-auction, the da Vinci will almost certainly end back up in private hands, which means it's likely destined for a lonely life of hanging on the wall of some plutocrat's mansion, far from the common people (and Leo and Patti) who got to see it ever so briefly.

Really, the film could be titled "Farewell, Salvator Mundi." (Now I'm going to cry.)

UPDATE: "Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450.3 Million, Shattering Auction Records," per The New York Times


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