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Canadian Art Dealer’s Purchase Is Lost Da Vinci Portrait

by WorthPoint Staff (10/19/09).

Lost Da Vinci Portrait

This portrait of a young woman’s profile in chalk, pen and ink on vellum has been determined to be by Leonardo Da Vinci.

A Canadian art dealer bought a portrait for $19,000 two years ago has turned out to be a good investment, indeed, as the work has been determined to be a piece by Leonardo Da Vinci and was valued at $150 million.

The work—a portrait of a young woman’s profile in chalk, pen and ink on vellum—was put through carbon dating and infrared examinations, as well as a fingerprint compared with an authenticated Da Vinci, convinced experts that the portrait was a genuine Da Vinci.

“It all sounded too good to be true—after 40 years in the Leonardo business, I thought I’d seen it all,” one art professor told the Times of London. As his research continued, though, “all the bits fell into place like a well-made piece of furniture. All the drawers slotted in.” The portrait is the first major Da Vinci find in more than a century.

To read the entire story and to watch a video of the find, click here.

One Response to “Canadian Art Dealer’s Purchase Is Lost Da Vinci Portrait”

  1. Ms.Lynn Meeks says:

    I’m so glad that he was able to authenticate that piece of work. I bought a piece of art on canvas in the early 60′s and I’m in my 70′s now and still don’t know how or where to go to authenticate it. It may have been done in 1700′s or 1800′s and I’m not sure of the name on it. My son and I have about 150 to 200 pieces of Art that we want to sell. If you would give me some ideas as to how to start. would really be appreciated.
    Thank you
    Lynn Meeks
    If you would like to phone….757 397 3140

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