A drawing owned by a French doctor is thought to be a lost work by Leonardo da Vinci – it bears all the hallmarks of one of history's greatest creative minds
Miracles do occur. People walk into auction houses with an old bit of art that has been in the attic for centuries and it turns out to be a masterpiece. It has just happened, apparently.
A drawing of Saint Sebastian that a French doctor brought to the Paris auction house Tajan is now thought to be a lost work by Leonardo da Vinci. The auctioneer has the backing of Carmen C Bambach of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, one of the world's most astute curators of Leonardo, in making this sensational claim. If they are right, this is an amazing find – a new drawing by one of the greatest geniuses in history. So are they?