Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi

 

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With auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen starting the bidding at 70 million USD, the figure that finally brought down the hammer for the 'greatest artistic rediscovery of the last 100 years', AKA Leonardo Da Vinci’s depcition of Christ our saviour at Christie’s on Wednesday truly rocked the art world… 

 

Asserted by the auction house as ‘the last Da Vinci’ -  there are fewer than 20 in existence acknowledged as being from the artist’s own hand, and all apart from Salvator Mundi are in museum collections - it took just nineteen minutes for the painting to soar past the rumored $300 million paid by billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin for Willem de Kooning’s Interchange (1955) in 2015, at the post war and contemporary art auction

 

With an estimate of $100 million responsible of drawing in the audience of nearly 1,000 art collectors, dealers, advisors, journalists and onlookers to the auction room at Rockefeller Center, with many thousands more tuning in via a live stream, it's the paintings jaw-dropping purchase at $400 million, made by phone, that will undoubtedly go down in history. 

 

‘It is every auctioneer’s ambition to sell a Leonardo and likely the only chance I will ever have,’ said Pylkkänen. ‘It’s the pinnacle of my career so far. It is also wonderful for an Old Master to be at the centre of such attention. The excitement from the public for this work of art has been overwhelming and hugely heartening.’ 

 

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