It dates back to around 1500, has an illustrious history and obliterated world records Wednesday when it sold for $450.3 million. Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, one of only 20 authenticated works of art by the Italian Renaissance artist, was sold at Christie’s Auction House in New York smashing and setting world records. It is the most expensive work of art ever sold and it is the only da Vinci owned by a private collector.
According to CNN, bids were estimated to be over $100 million for this rare painting. CNN said, “Original estimates had predicted bids of over $100 million for the piece. But the new record was set after approximately 20 minutes of telephone bidding, far surpassing the previous auction record held by Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger, which sold for $179.4 million in 2015.”
Da Vinci”s Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) depicts Jesus Christ in Renaissance clothing with his left hand holding a crystal spher, the his right hand with fingers crossed raised in blessing. It is described to lack the detail of the Mona Lisa — though both were created about the same time.