Salvator Mundi, thought to be one of the last privately-owned paintings created by Leonardo da Vinci, has just sold at a Christie’s auction for a staggering $450,312,500 USD. The sale capped a record night at the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art auction held at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, which reached a sale total of $785,942,250.
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, an oil on panel piece, which depicts a portrait of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb in his left hand, was found back in 1909 and is reported to be one of just 20 paintings ever found by the Italian Renaissance polymath. The piece toured the world, going on public display in multiple major cities, including Hong Kong and San Francisco, before returning to New York to blow past its estimated value of $100 million USD. The sale will rightly go down as a landmark moment in recent art auction history.
In other art news, MADSAKI opens first-ever solo exhibit at Galerie Perrotin Seoul.