Touted as the last painting attributed to Da Vinci still in private hands, Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) hit the astronomical price of $450,312,500... Wednesday night in New York, becoming the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.
...Gasps were heard in the sales room, which gave way to applause when Christie’s co-chairman Alex Rotter made the winning bid for a client on the phone.
The possibility that a museum could afford to buy the haunting, 500-year-old painting of Jesus Christ, known in the art world as the “male Mona Lisa” because of its unreadable expression, the delicately placed hands and the intricacy of the curls of his hair, all characteristic of Da Vinci’s style, was for months the subject of international speculation.
See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvator_Mundi_(Leonardo)
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