a must watch video of a packed salesroom at Christie’s headquarters at Rockefeller Center in New York, where Leonardo da Vinci’s painting titled Salvator Mundi (ca. 1500) sold at a world record price of $450.3 million.
about the painting:
Salvator Mundi (Latin for Savior of the world”) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, dated to c. 1500. The painting shows Jesus, in Renaissance dress, giving a benediction with his right hand raised and two fingers extended, while holding a transparent rock crystal orb in his left hand, signaling his role as savior of the world and master of the cosmos, and representing the ‘crystalline sphere‘ of the heavens, as it was perceived during the Renaissance.
about the video:
The breathtaking $450 million (including buyer’s premium) sale of Salvator Mundi generates headlines across the world, garlanding a superb week of sales in which nine works realise more than $10 million, a further eight surpass $20 million, and three works fetch over $50 million. An historic season at Christie’s in New York finished on Thursday, with the final total across seven sales hitting $1,421,993,000 / £1,082,817,271. The highlight was the extraordinary 19-minute bidding battle for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in Wednesday’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, culminating in the work being sold for a world-auction record price of $450,312,500 (including buyer’s premium). The depth and quality of art offered across the week was remarkable, with nine works realising more than $10 million, a further eight being acquired for in excess of $20 million, and three achieving more than $50 million.
Christie’s is a British auction house. It was founded in 1766 by James Christie. Its main premises are on King Street, St James’s, in London, and in Rockefeller Center in New York City in the United States. The company is owned by Groupe Artémis, the holding company of François-Henri Pinault. Sales in 2015 totalled £4.8 billion ($7.4 billion). It has the credit of selling the Salvator Mundi for $450.3 million, the most expensive painting ever sold.