Leonardo da Vinci's Christ painting sells for record $450M
November 17, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.
The painting, "Salvator Mundi," Latin for "Savior of the World," is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and the only one in private hands. It was sold by Christie's auction house, which didn't immediately identify the buyer.
"'Salvator Mundi' is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time," said Loi...