Finally, the painting will be on display in New York, at the Christie's in Rockefeller Plaza, from October 28 to November 4. As Christies' senior specialist Alan Wintermute explained in a press release, “The Salvator Mundi is the Holy Grail of old master paintings.
Long-known to have existed, and long-sought after, it seemed just a tantalizingly unobtainable dream until now.
Historian Ashley Cowie said he found no evidence for the Holy Grail, but he said that ancient books rescued from Rosslyn Castle during a fire in 1452 could indeed be hidden there.
SEE ALSO: Painting’s stairs lead to new Rosslyn mystery The castle was a scriptorium, where friars wrote manuscripts, and is thought to have been connected to the chapel by tunnels.
It has been more than a century since the last such painting turned up and this opportunity will not come again in our lifetime.That may be the treasure.”Mr Cowie debunks claims the Holy Grail is buried under the spectacular carved Apprentice Pillar within Rosslyn Chapel.He said: “I’ve seen many pillars, and many cathedrals around the world and I’ve never seen anything so ornate.According to accounts from the time, da Vinci painted a nude Mona Lisa that disappeared two years after his death in 1519."It's possible, though there’s no certainty, that this was the preparatory drawing for the painted Joconde nue," Conde curator Mathieu Deldicque tells the of London.