Mystery Of The Lost Leonardo?

Mystery Of The Lost Leonardo?

SBS  |  January 25, 2013

In 1998, Canadian art dealer Peter Silverman purchased an unknown artist's 19th century drawing for around $20,000. He was attracted by the delicacy of its lines and found its subject matter, a profile of a young lady, charming. He suspected the picture was much older, possibly from the Renaissance, and may even be an unknown Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece. Little did he know that finding 'the truth' would launch him on a 10-year odyssey where 21st century technology would test his hunch beyond his wildest dreams.

In 1998, Canadian art dealer Peter Silverman purchased an unknown artist's 19th century drawing for around $20,000. He was attracted by the delicacy of its lines and found its subject matter, a profile of a young lady, charming. He suspected the picture was much older, possibly from the Renaissance, and may even be an unknown Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece. Little did he know that finding 'the truth' would launch him on a 10-year odyssey where 21st century technology would test his hunch beyond his wildest dreams.

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