A painting of Jesus that sold for $125 in 1958 is guaranteed to sell for at least $100 million Wednesday night at auction in New York City.

It helps that the artist is Leonardo da Vinci.

“Salvator Mundi” — Latin for “Savior of the World” — was long thought to a copy, and not one of the rare works by the 15th and 16th century genius behind “Mona Lisa” (and subject of a new bestseller).

“Billed by [Christie’s] auction house as ‘The Last da Vinci,’ the painting spent centuries in obscurity until it was rediscovered in 2005 and underwent a six-year restoration and verification process,” noted The Washington Post.

When Da Vinci expert Robert Simon and art dealer Alexander Parish bought it in 2005 for $10,000, Simon thought it was just another copy of the famed painting, the Post said.

“It was a very interesting painting but it’s not something I looked at and thought, ‘Oh my god, it must be a Leonardo,’” Simon told CNN. “The whole idea that it might be by him was almost an impossibility; it’s kind of a dream.”

The Post said one of the key proofs of authenticity was found via X-ray, which revealed a trace of an earlier painting beneath the visible one.

“It showed that Jesus’ right thumb was originally positioned slightly differently. But while working on the piece, da Vinci must have changed his mind and painted over it — the thumb was moved to the position in which it appears today.”

British art critic Alastair Sooke said in a video for Christie’s: “If you’re making a copy of a picture, there’s no way you’d do that. It wouldn’t make any sense.”

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