Leonardo Da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" Masterpiece Sells for World Auction Record $450312500

В США картину да Винчи продали за баснословную сумму

To the 27,000 people who lined up at pre-auction viewings in Hong Kong, London, San Francisco and NY to glimpse the painting of Christ as "Savior of the World", this was merely the chance to lay their eyes on what Christie's billed as "the Last da Vinci", the only known painting by the Renaissance master still in a private collection (some 15 others are in museums). It was long believed to have existed but was generally presumed to have been destroyed.

Last example, at a private sale in the fall of 2015, a painting by the American painter, Willem De Kooning would have been ceded $ 300 million by Christie's of financier Kenneth Griffin, according to multiple media anglo-saxon.

The Associated Press reports the bidding started at $75 million the auction lasted for around 19 minutes. Prior to that, it was consigned to a 1958 sale at Sotheby's where it sold for £45.

This week the painting was again sold at auction at Christie's in NY, for £342m, making it the most expensive artwork in the world.




The auction took place on the 15th of November at the Christie's Auction House, and it broke the world record set by Peter Paul Rubens' "Massacre Of The Innocents". Gasps were heard in the saleroom, which gave way to applause when Christie's co-chairman Alex Rotter made the winning bid for a client on the phone. 'It's the pinnacle of my career so far. "The excitement from the public for this work of art has been overwhelming and hugely heartening". "This is the most important old master painting to have been sold at auction in my lifetime".

"The inclusion of Salvator Mundi in the National Gallery's landmark 2011-12 exhibition of Leonardo's surviving paintings - the most complete display of such works ever held - sealed its acceptance as a fully autograph work by Leonardo da Vinci", Christie's wrote in its release. Salvator Mundi evokes joy, ecstasy, anger, awe - it just touches every emotion. "Even for me, it is very hard to pinpoint what it is that makes this painting so poignant, you can not comprehend the mystery of Leonardo". When a controversial piece of such dubious authenticity is sold at prices no museum can afford, making it available only to the increasingly indistinguishable cliques of oligarchs and their head-of-state business pals, it contributes to a market where expertise and devotion to art are dispensed with; the final word on what's a Leonardo and what isn't goes to the highest bidder, not the most knowledgeable or most dedicated scholar.

"Salvator Mundi" was attributed to Leonardo after six years of restoration and research, becoming the first discovery of a painting by the Renaissance master since 1909, according to Christie's.

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