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17 November 2017, 01:13 | Clyde Nash
Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi
The winning bid for the piece, titled "Salvator Mundi" ("Savior of the World"), was four times Christie's pre-sale estimate and smashed the world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.
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Gouzer continued, "Salvator Mundi" was painted in the same timeframe as theMona Lisa, and they bear a patent compositional likeness".
The painting, once owned by King Charles I of England, vanished for centuries from the public view until resurfacing in 1900. Major collectors had traveled here for the sale.
The artwork has been the subject of legal disputes and amassed a price history that ranges from less than $10,000 in 2005, when it was spotted at an estate auction, to $200 million when it was first offered for sale by a consortium of three dealers in 2012.
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". "Leonardo inspired generations and continues to inspire today", said Francois de Poortere, head of the Old Masters department at Christie's.
So huge was interest that almost 30,000 people flocked to see the painting at Christie's showrooms in Hong Kong, London, San Francisco and NY, the auction house said.
In 2011, the dramatic public unveiling of "Salvator Mundi" ('Savior of the World') in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at The National Gallery, London, caused a worldwide media sensation.
Christie's auction house reports that da Vinci's painting of Christ sold for a grand total of $450,312,500 million on Wednesday.
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Why not in the Old Masters Sale? "The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honor that comes around once in a lifetime".
Prior to Wednesday's highly anticipated sale, Christie's had secured a guaranteed bid for the painting of at least $100 million by an anonymous investor. Its rediscovery was followed by six years of painstaking research and inquiry to document its authenticity with the world's leading authorities on the works and career of da Vinci. "Long known to have existed, and long sought after, it seemed just a tantalizingly unobtainable dream until now", Wintermute said.
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