Italian for "Savior Of The World".
called "Salvator Mundi"
which translates to Savior Of The World
is now the most expensive artwork
ever sold at auction.
It sold a record US$450 million
at Christie's Auction House New York.
Leonardo da Vinci painted the subject,
for Louis XII of France
between 1506 and 1513.
The recently authenticated work
was once owned by Charles I of England
and recorded in his art collection in 1649
before being auctioned by the son
of the Duke of Buckingham and Normanby in 1763.
It next appeared in 1900,
when it was purchased by a British collector,
1st Viscount of Monserrate.
The painting was damaged
from previous restoration attempts,
and its authorship unclear.
Cook's descendants sold it at auction
in 1958 for £45.
the painting was acquired
by a consortium of art dealers
that included Robert Simon,
a specialist in Old Masters.
It had been heavily overpainted
so it looked like a copy,
and was described as
"a wreck, dark and gloomy".
It was then restored
and authenticated as a painting
It was exhibited by London's National Gallery
during the Leonardo da Vinci:
Painter at the Court of Milan
from November 2011 to February 2012.
the painting was sold
to Russian collector Dmitry Rybolovlev
for US$127.5 million,
via the Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier.
On 10 October 2017,
Christie's Auction House announced
that the painting would be sold
at auction the following month,
on November 15, 2017,
and that it would be on special display
at Christie's locations in New York,
Hong Kong, San Francisco, and London
prior to the auction.
It was sold for US$450.3 million,
250% the price of the previous
most expensive painting in the world.