This Leonardo painting sold for $450 million—and was worth just $10,000 just over a decade ago

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

c-vinci1-RTX3HXZ0-Peter Nicholls

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” sold for $450.3 million on Wednesday (Nov. 15), smashing records for the most expensive work of art sold at auction.

Published 12 mins ago  |  Photo by Reuters/Peter Nicholls
c-vinci1-RTX3HXZ0-Peter Nicholls

$450.3 million

Auction house Christie’s heavily marketed it as “the last da Vinci.” Almost all other known works by the painter are held by public museums.

c-vinci2-RTX3HXYO-Peter Nicholls

c-vinci2-RTX3HXYO-Peter Nicholls

Reuters/Peter Nicholls

c-vinci1-RTX3HXZ0-Peter Nicholls

$450.3 million

Beyond the auction room, some critics and dealers were sceptical. They criticized the restoration, the artistic sensibility, and even its authenticity, saying it could have been painted by one of Leonardo’s assistants.

c-vinci1-RTX3HXZ0-Peter Nicholls

$450.3 million

Some also pointed to “Salvator Mundi’s” curious price history. Art collector Robert Simon and art dealer Alexander Parish bought it in an auction in Louisiana for $10,000 just over a decade ago.

Published 12 mins ago

Check out more stories below—and please take a quick three-minute survey to help us improve.

Share this story

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *