Is this $450 Million da Vinci Even a Real da Vinci?

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450m

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).

The Leonardo, which was offered in the Andy Warhol's Sixty Last Suppers from 1986 - an outstanding example from the artist's great final painting series, and the largest painting by the American Pop artist ever to come to auction - sold for $60,875,000.

Whoops and applause rippled through the packed room as bids quickly escalated into unchartered territory, coming down to two head-to-head rivals on the telephone.

Peter's painting was valued at $76 million. The record sale price of $450 million includes the buyer's premium, a fee paid by the victor to the auction house. Finally, in 2013, Sotheby's sold it privately for $80 million to Yves Bouvier, a Swiss art dealer and businessman.

At the moment Pylkkanen stated $400 million was up (plus fees) the room held their breaths as agents whispered into their phones with buyers.

Da Vinci Painting Sold For Only $100 In 1958 Smashes World Record After $450 Million Auction

To some extent, the auction house succeeded with the painting even before the sale, having secured a guaranteed $100 million bid from an unidentified third party.

The work was exhibited at The National Gallery in London in 2011, after years of research trying to document its authenticity after it was found, mistaken for a copy, in a U.S. auction in 2005.

The 26-inch-tall painting has an intriguing history.

Christie's experts said the painting's rarity was hard to overstate, calling it the "Holy Grail" for auction specialists. It was long believed to have existed but was generally presumed to have been destroyed.

"It's an extraordinary price for an extraordinary painting".

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"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.

"He was a genius of his time and people still see him as that".

Christie's maintains that it was upfront about the much-restored, damaged condition of the oil-on-panel, which shows Christ as savior of the world, his right hand raised in blessing and his left holding a crystal orb.

According to rumors, the Italian artist painted "Salvator Mundi" for the French royal family and it was taken to England by Queen Henrietta Maria when she married King Charles I in 1625.

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