Leonardo da Vinci's Jesus sells for record $450M

Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi sells for $450 million at Christie's

After six years of research, the painting was authenticated as da Vinci's more than 500-year-old masterpiece.

"Leonardo da Vinci "the Savior of the world" sold at auction Christie's in the United States for $ 450 million on Wednesday, 15 November", the message reads.

FILE PHOTO: "Salvator Mundi", an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500, the last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting, is on display for the media at Christie's auction in New York, NY, U.S., October 10, 2017.

"Thank you all for your bidding. The piece is sold", said auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen, according to The Guardian. Four hundred million selling here at Christie's. The New York Times reported that it quickly climbed up to $225 million, and then started going up by fives, then twos.

Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi sells for $450 million at Christie's
Famous painting owned by Guernsey man's ancestor

A telephone bidder then jumped in at one point, pushing the price from $332 million to $350 million, and later bumped the price from $370 million to $400 million. After previewing the painting last month, Christie's called the painting of Christ holding a crystal orb in his left hand and raising his right in benediction as "the biggest discovery of the 21st century". Scholars had once thought that the portrait was destroyed until it was discovered in 2005.

The painting was first part of the private collection of King Charles I, before being auctioned in 1763. The painting sold at Christie's in NY for $450.3 million recently.

Art critics have said that the quality of the painting isn't the best, and some even question its authenticity.

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