They are about to revolutionize the art market, or at least they have already done so in part, they are the NFTs, which we told you about here a short while ago. Those who buy a work tied to a non-fungible token are not buying the work itself, but simply the ability to demonstrate a right to the work.
As we said it’s something revolutionary that has already made and is making record sales. The famous art critic Ben Lewis, for example, has decided to create a modified version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi entitled “Salvator Metaversi“.
Not a random choice, the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci has a very special history. The oil painting in fact was discovered in 2005 in a small auction house in New Orleans in poor condition and heavily overpainted. Subsequently, over time, it has been studied, evaluated and sold many times.
Suffice it to say that in 2005 its former owners bought it for about $2000 while in 2017 it was purchased by the Department of Culture and Tourism of the United Arab Emirates for 450 million.
These staggering figures and the controversial events have also inspired a musical: “Salvator Mundi! The Musical,” which will debut on Broadway in 2022.
The work created by Ben Lewis hopes to reach these figures even if it is particularly difficult, but in general it aims to draw attention to the victims that the art market often leaves, as everyone has lost millions except the couple who discovered it after centuries.
An injustice that led him to create “Salvator Metaversi”, a copy of the original painting with an extra detail. Christ in his right hand, the one with which he usually blesses, clutches a stack of banknotes. Here are all the photos of the work.