“Despite being created approximately 500 years ago, the work of Leonardo is just as influential to the art that is being created today as it was in the 15th and 16th centuries,” Loic Gouzer, the chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s in New York said.
The painting once belonged to England's King Charles I in the 1600s, before vanishing sometime after 1763. It resurfaced in 1900 as a work by one of da Vinci's followers, according to Christie's, before disappearing again until 2005. Restoration on the painting began in 2007 and it was finally unveiled in 2011.
It goes up for auction on Nov. 15 at Christie’s in New York.