Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) was sold for $450 million (£342 million) in New York on Wednesday evening. This set the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold.
The Salvator Mundi was sold for a total amount of $450,312,500 million. This include fees paid by the winner to the auction house. The artwork was bought after 19 minutes of bidding at Christie’s in New York.
The Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi painting, is said to be the last remaining Leonardo in private hands.
According to Loic Gouzer, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s, he said that “Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time,”
“We are extremely pleased with the record-breaking result for this remarkable and historical work.” he said.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sold for $450 million
The past record for a painting sold at auction was:
- Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Women of Algiers), sold for $179.4 million in 2015.
- Paul Gauguin’s Nafea Faa Ipoipo? (When Will You Marry?) sold for $300 million in a private sale the same year.
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The director of the Pyms Gallery in London, Alan Hobart, said the manner of the sale was “going to be the future”. “It’s been a brilliant marketing campaign,”.
Leonardo, painted Salvator Mundi years ago after 1500. Also, he produced the Mona Lisa, and it made its way into the Royal collection of Charles I in the early Seventeenth Century.