The Lost Leonardo is a detective story seeking the truth about the infamous Salvator Mundi, an ancient painting of Christ that, after its unexpected reappearance in 2004, is considered a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece. It then gets embroiled in personal, economic, legal, and geopolitical disputes.
In November 2017 the painting becomes the most expensive piece of art ever sold - for $450 million dollars - to Saudi Arabia’s new ruler, 32-year- old Prince Mohamed bin Salman (MBS). He buys it in secret from a notorious Russian oligarch. Nobody seems to know where the painting is today or if it will ever be exhibited in public.
Where is the SALVATOR MUNDI now, and what was its purpose as it travelled from obscurity in New Orleans to become the Mona Lisa of the desert?
Andreas Koefoed has directed many award-winning documentary films with a focus on character-driven human interest stories, including At Home in the World, The Arms Drop and Ballroom Dancer. His films have been selected for more than 150 film festivals and have won numerous awards at festivals including IDFA, CPH:DOX, Full Frame, AFI Docs, Sheff ield DocFest and Tribeca.