A painting of Christ by Italian Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci was sold for a record USD 450 million at an auction on 15 November 2017, breaking all the previous records of artworks sold or auctioned. It was sold by Christie’s auction house.
The highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction was USD 179.4 million for Pablo Picasso’s painting 'Women of Algiers (Version O)' in May 2015. While, the highest known sale price for any artwork was USD 300 million for Willem de Kooning’s painting 'Interchange'.
Highlights of the Leonardo Da Vinci's Christ painting
• The painting is known by the name 'Salvator Mundi', an Italian phrase for 'Savior of the World'.
• The painting is one of 16 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and is the only one in private hands.
• This 26-inch-tall painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand is raised in blessing and his left hand holds a crystal sphere.
• It once belonged to King Charles I of England in the 1500s and disappeared from view until 1900.
• The painting was again sold in 1958 and was finally discovered in 2005.
Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence, including the famous 'Mona Lisa' painting.
When: 15 November 2017