Leonardo da Vinci picture `worth millions` revealed
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 22:09
London: A previously unknown portrait by Leonardo da Vinci potentially worth tens of millions of pounds is believed to have been discovered, thanks to a fingerprint.

The painting, titled 'Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress', recently sold for a mere 12,000 pounds. It was billed at a Christie's sale in 1998 as 'German, early 19th century' and purchased by Canadian-born Peter Silverman.

Now, a Paris laboratory has discovered that a fingerprint from the tip of an index or middle-finger, found on the top left of the picture, was "highly comparable" to one found on da Vinci's work 'St Jerome' which he painted early in his career, the 'Antiques Trade Gazette' reported.

If verified as a genuine da Vinci it could be worth tens of millions of pounds, the report said.

The magazine claimed that infrared analysis showed "significant" stylistic parallels with those in da Vinci's 'Portrait of a Woman in Profile in Windsor Castle' and shows that the drawing and hatching were made by a left-handed artist, as da Vinci is known to have been.

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First Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 22:09

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