Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for record $450m

From $60 in 1958 to $450.3m in 2017 is considerable appreciation, even for a Leonardo da Vinci painting.

    A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction in New York, breaking previous records.

    The 500-year-old oil painting, "Salvator Mundi" or Latin for Savior of the World, depicts Christ holding a crystal orb and is one of fewer than 20 paintings by da Vinci known to exist.

    ''It ... sparks all sorts of great conversations around the art and adds a greater richness I think to the sale season,'' Conor Jordan, deputy chairman of impressionist and modern art for New York Christie's, the auction house that conducted the sale, told Al Jazeera.

    The 66cm-tall painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand raised in blessing as his left hand holds a crystal sphere.

    It disappeared from view until 1900, when it resurfaced and was acquired by a British collector. At that time, it was attributed to a da Vinci disciple, rather than to the master himself.

    The painting was sold again in 1958 and then was acquired in 2005, badly damaged and partly painted over, by a consortium of art dealers who paid less than $10,000 (8,445 euros).

    In New York, art lovers lined up outside Christie's headquarters on Tuesday to view Salvator Mundi.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


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