Why an art historian made an NFT of Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

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Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci, displayed at Christie's in Central.  13OCT17 SCMP / Felix Wong (Photo by Felix Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)
Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci, displayed at Christie's in Central. 13OCT17 SCMP / Felix Wong (Photo by Felix Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

On 1 April 2021, art historian Ben Lewis announced the creation and sale of a non-fungible token (NFT) version of Leonardo da Vinvi’s Salvator Mundi painting. The painting depicts a Jesus figure. With his right hand, he makes the sign of the cross. His left hand holds a transparent crystal sphere. The actions of both hands symbolise his role as Salvator Mundi, saviour of the world. 

In 2018, Lewis published The Last Leonardo, a book charting the journey of the Salvator Mundi. 

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