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Cristoval de Merlo was an Inquisition banker who lived in Madrid, Spain during the 15th century.

In 1489, captain Diego de Burgos gave Cristoval a painting that was part of a set created by Leonardo da Vinci. The collection originally belonged to the Spanish Thieves' Guild, but had been unintentionally gambled away when their business associate Jaime del Rada lost a game of cards to Diego. The banker kept the painting in his lair under the city's slums until it was later recovered by the Spanish Brotherhood of Assassins.[1]



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