Saturday, October 17, 2009
Fingerprints to a Clue
A gentleman who spent less than $20 000 on a painting of a young woman a couple of years ago may now be holding a lost work by the great Leonardo Davinci.
There has been a suggestion of this for the last couple of years but now a fingerprint on the painting matches a print taken from Leonardo's "St. Jerome" hanging in the Vatican collection.
If confirmed it will be the first discovery of a lost Davinci painting in more than a century. Until now the lovely painting of a young woman called "Profile of the Bella Principessa" was believed to be by a 19th century German artist.
The rectangle and arrow show where the fingerprint was found though the person who left the print on both remains unknown many would like it to be Davinci's himself they may actually belong to one of the artists important clients who handled both works.
Should in the end the painting reach auction as an accepted work by Leonardo Davinci the painting may sell for as much as $150 million.
Photo: Lumiere Technology