Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450m

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450m

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450m

One of the first owners painting, created sometime after 1505, was King Charles I of England. It's the only painting by Leonardo in a private collection, according to Christie's auction house.

The auction house's global president Jussi Pylkkänen was the auctioneer and said the sale was the pinnacle of his career so far.

Sold at Sotheby's to an American collector in 1958 for only £45 - or S$81 in today's value - it sold again in 2005 as an overpainted copy of the masterwork.

A painting known as the "male Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci smashed auction records last night when it was sold for $US450,312,500 ($AU593m, inc. buyer's premium).

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "Salvator Mundi" has sold at Christie's in NY for $450,312,500 - a world auction record for any work of art.

Christie's maintains that it was upfront about the much-restored, damaged condition of the oil-on-panel, which shows Christ as savior of the world, his right hand raised in blessing and his left holding a crystal orb.

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The painting was said to be the last Leonardo in private hands and "the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century". Svetla Nikolova, who is from Bulgaria but lives in NY, called the painting "spectacular".

Christie's had billed the painting as "the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century" and "the last da Vinci" and exhibited it in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and NY before Wednesday's auction. The price tag of the classic piece of artwork makes it the highest valued painting in history.

"We toured Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi around the world, and at every stop crowds of people were drawn to this painting, wanting to stand in front of the picture and experience it in person", Gouzer said after the sale. Toward the end, Alex Rotter, Christie's co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art, who represented a buyer on the phone, made two big jumps to shake off one last rival bid from Francis de Poortere, Christie's head of old master paintings.

In New York, where no museum owns a Leonardo, art lovers lined up outside Christie's Rockefeller Center headquarters on Tuesday to view "Salvator Mundi". It was discovered in 2005 and underwent heavy restoration, according to the New York Times.

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