Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi which means Saviour of the World was sold for $450 million (£342 million) at Christie’s in New York, shattering the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold, despite lingering questions by some experts over its authenticity and condition. An interesting fact is, the painting, which was once part of Charles I’s Royal collection and was sold for just £45 by Sotheby’s in the 1950’s when it was mistaken for a copy.
The ‘Male’ Monalisa worth $450 million
Salvator Mundi is considered a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time, Leornardo da Vinci. The painting depicts Christ in a blue robe holding a crystal orb, which represents the Earth, and is one of fewer than 20 paintings by the grand master known to mankind. This, figure of Christ,has also been contested to be the ‘Male Monalisa’ for the longest time.
Sources: The Telegraph