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Ruben Ruiz
November 17, 2017

The stunning sale of a Leonardo da Vinci painting Wednesday night for $450.3 million might be good news for the mystery buyer who will now get to put "Salvator Mundi" on their wall.

The painting, "Salvator Mundi", Italian for "Savior of the World", was sold Wednesday by Christie's auction house.

Loic Gouzer, the chairman of Christie's postwar and contemporary art department, said the work of art attracted crowds of people while on exhibition in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and NY in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's auction. The highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million, for Willem de Kooning's painting "Interchange", sold privately in September 2015 by the David Geffen Foundation to hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin.

This, despite the fact that the provenance of the painting is disputed, many experts believing one of da Vinci's students completed the painting rather than the master himself.

When it re-emerged in 2005, this exquisite work, depicting Jesus Christ as the savior of the world, became the first discovery of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci since 1909.

A backer of the "Salvator Mundi" auction had guaranteed a bid of at least $100 million. We felt that offering this painting within the context of our Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale is a testament to the enduring relevance of this picture. It closes with the text "The Last da Vinci" appearing on screen.

Bidding representatives react after Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million at Christie's on Wednesday
Bidding representatives react after Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million at Christie's on Wednesday

4 - Three studies of Lucian Freud, a triptych by Francis BACON, was acquired in November 2013 for 142.4 million dollars, again at Christie's in NY.

"There is extraordinary consensus it is by Leonardo", said Nicholas Hall, the former co-chairman of old master paintings at Christie's, who now runs his own Manhattan gallery.

"It's a little concerning, I guess I'd say", she said.

For years it was presumed to have been destroyed, emerging only in 2005 when it was purchased from a U.S. estate. The painting constituted more than half of Wednesday's sales total of US$785.9 million, which came in well above the roughly US$450 million pre-sale estimate.

"The composition doesn't come from Leonardo". The art dealers restored the painting and documented its authenticity as a work by Leonardo.

Visitors wait outside Christie's to view Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi", Nov. 14, 2017, in NY. "Long known to have existed, and long sought after, it seemed just a tantalizingly unobtainable dream until now", Wintermute said. "The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honor that comes around once in a lifetime".

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