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.
“...A morality tale of the duping of one billionaire and the trophy-hunting of another—a reminder, repeated throughout, that the art market is a business that weaponises public perception.” —David D’Arcy, The Art Newspaper “...The director gets a lot of mileage out of allowing the audience to really see ‘Salvator Mundi’ and judge its authenticity for themselves. Koefoed does a fantastic job of making viewers more than mere spectators here, and it pays off.” —Bobby LePire, Film Threat