‘Lost’ Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells For a Record Smashing $450m – And It Once Cost Just $60!

PEOPLE.com | 11/16/2017 | Karen Mizoguchi
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Art world history has been made!

From once being sold for $60 to being called “the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century,” Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” painting has captivated the attention of art lovers around the world once again.

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The 500-year-old portrait of Christ (the title means “Savior of the World” in Italian) sold for a record $450.3 million at a Christie’s auction on Wednesday in New York City. The 16th-century work of art — which opened for bids at $100,000 — is now officially the most expensive painting ever sold.

The auction lasted nearly 20 minutes and the final bid was $400 million which, with fees, comes out at the recording breaking $450 million figure. The new owner of the piece remains a mystery as they were a phone-in bidder.

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The record was previously held by Pablo Picasso’s painting “Women of Algiers (Version O)” which was sold for $179.4 million in May 2015.

“Salvator Mundi” was previously owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought it in 2013 for $127.5 million in a private sale that became the subject of a continuing lawsuit, according to TIME.

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The painting once belonged to King Charles I of England, and later...
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