Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One 500 Year Old Fingerprint


Did anybody else hear about this story? A fingerprint may have increased the value of this painting by 8,000 times more than its original selling price. This 13 inch by 9 inch chalk, pen and ink piece of art was sold at Christie's Auction House in New York for $17,000 in 1998, then sold again to an art collector for $19,000 in 2007. The painting was cataloged as 'German school, early 19th century' art.

However, through a process of a process of carbon dating and infrared analysis of the artist's technique, experts have concluded that the piece of art, now being called "La Bella Principessa", was painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

Their most interesting evidence, however, is a fingerprint in the corner of the painting.... Art expert Peter Paul Biro, discovered the print of an index finger on the top left corner of the drawing using state-of-the-art multi-spectral infrared technology, and says the print is "highly comparable" to another fingerprint found on da Vinci's 'St. Jerome' painting in the Vatican.

This fingerprint could change the price of the painting from $19,000 to $150,000,000.

Could you imagine being the person that bought and sold the painting for a $2,000 profit before they found the fingerprint. That's almost as embarrassing as Steve Wynn putting his elbow through a Pablo Picasso painting.

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