Watch: Fancy owning a Leonardo da Vinci? Final painting in private hands going to auction in New York

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The last Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands is going to auction in New York next month - with a pre-sale estimate of around $140 million.

The painting titled Salvator Mundi was originally thought to be a copy, sold cheaply at an estate sale.

Christie's announced today that the depiction of Jesus, titled Salvator Mundi, will be offered at auction on November 15.

Christie's specialist Alan Wintermute calls it "the Holy Grail of Old Master paintings."

"Salvator Mundi," dating from around 1500, is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by Leonardo.

It was believed that the work had been destroyed until it was rediscovered in 2005.

The seller is identified only as a private European collection.

Andy Warhol's 1986 painting Sixty Last Suppers - based on Leonardo's Renaissance Last Supper masterpiece - also will be featured. Its estimate is around $70 million.

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