Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450 Million
The meek won’t inherit this art. Salvator Mundi, a painting of Jesus by the Renaissance master, was auctioned at Christie’s in New York for a record $450,312,500 — the most ever paid for a work of art. The long-lost painting, one of fewer than 20 by Leonardo known to exist, was commissioned by King Louis XII of France around 1500. It had been restored after being badly damaged and partially painted over. The seller was a Russian oligarch, but the identity of its new owner remains a mystery.