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$20,000 portrait revealed to be $160,000,000 da Vinci

Experts believe a painting can be attributed to the master Leonardo da Vinci after discovering his fingerprint on the portrait.

A Paris laboratory has found that a fingerprint on the picture is ‘highly comparable’ to one on a da Vinci work in the Vatican, which was painted early in the artist’s career when he was thought not to use assistants.

A forensic art expert found the print near the top left of the work, corresponding to the tip of the index or middle-finger, was ‘highly comparable’ to a fingerprint on da Vinci’s St Jerome in the Vatican.

The magazine said 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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