Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ which once sold for just $60 sells for a record breaking $450.3 million at New York auction
11:55, Thursday, 16 November, 2017
Leonardo da Vinci's long lost portrait of Christ 'Salvator Mundi' has sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York - more than double the old mark for any work of art at auction. The painting, which once sold for just $60 at auction, fetched more than four times over the Christie's pre-sale estimate of about $100 million. 'Salvator Mundi' - Italian for 'Savior of the World' - was purchased by an unidentified buyer bidding via telephone after a protracted bidding war that stretched to nearly 20 minutes at the New York auction house. It was more than twice the old auction record set by Pablo Picasso's painting 'Women of Algiers (Version O)' ('Les Femmes D'Alger) which sold for $179.4 million in May 2015, also at Christie's in New York.