With less than 20 privately owned Da Vinci’s in the world, it is no surprise that “Salvatore Mundi” was sold at a record-breaking, $450,312,500 at a Christie’s auction last week.
The 600-year-old Da Vinci is the talk of the art scene at the moment, with such a prominent history and hefty price tag, it is rightfully so. The painting is believed to have been created around the same time as the Mona Lisa. The painting is a depiction of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb while holding a blessing gesture to whoever is observing the painting.
In the early 18th century Salvatore Mundi was lost and later resurfaced in the 20th century to be sold at a Christie's auction for only $60, circa 1958. There was skepticism about the authenticity of the painting and was believed to be a copy.
The current owner of the Da Vinci is unknown, but the former collector, Dmitry Rybolovlev isn't losing sleep over it.