Chinese Museum Speculates Durer’s Ink Still Alive

The belief in the authenticity of the first painting to be bought privately for $450 million is no closer to being dispelled, according to the National Museum of China in Beijing.

Reuters reported earlier this week that the Christie’s auction house in New York didn’t need to request authentication for the 11-by-14.5-inch oil painting because it was drawn by Albrecht Durer, who illustrated the Bible.

However, further analysis from the museum said this was untrue, asking, “Was it done in Albrecht Durer’s lifetime?”

On Friday, the International Business Times reported that Buechner’s are claiming the Durer painting is “fake.”

“These new fraud claims are beyond absurd and newsworthy,” Buechner President Elad Brieger told the publication. “We appreciate that ArtNews is willing to give a platform to our counsel Mark Aryeh. Unfortunately, the social media and press media are wasting energy and time covering this nonsense. ArtNews should focus on genuine artists’ work instead.”

Only seven authenticated Durer paintings remain in existence. According to an article from the University of Oxford’s Crown University Press, the Durer who painted the “Salvator Mundi” was a dandy who wore two jewelry cuffs at all times, was rather of-the-court, and could be seen in all his portraits, including his 535 relief paintings.

The “Salvator Mundi” was auctioned Wednesday night for Leonardo da Vinci art collector Yves Bouvier.

Bouvier was reportedly ordered to pay $50 million for not paying for the painting with his original $125 million offer.

The auction from Wednesday totaled $474 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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