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A Leonardo da Vinci is sold for $450 million at an auction house of New York “Christie’s auctions and private sales.” It is a record-breaking sale because the current record for the auction of artwork is $179.4 million in 2015 for a Picasso. The record-breaking painting is not only famous for its beauty but the sotheby’s rybolovlev case.

Salvator Mundi: A Portrayal of Jesus


The painting is sold for a sum of $10,000 almost 12 years ago. The painting is a portrayal of Jesus known as Salvator Mundi. Experts believed that a follower of Da Vinci had painted the portrait. Some critics still have doubts on the authorship of the work, but a majority of researchers trust its authenticity. The uncertainty didn’t affect the bidding period of 19 minutes. During this duration, the painting climbed from a pre-sale guaranteed bud of $100 million. Salvator Mundi is painted by old masters in oil, and it is the only piece of Da Vinci in reserved hands.

France’s King Louis XII bespoke the painting (44cm x 66cm) in 1605, similar to Mona Lisa. It was recorded in the collection of King Charles I in England. The painting disappeared between 1763 and 1900 until it was auctioned again by an art collector in Britain. Bernardino Luini, a Da Vinci’s follower, presumed that the painted over hair and face of the subject make it similar to a copy. The art collector family in London sold it for partly £45 in 1958. In 2005, art dealers again acquired it for $10,000. They spend almost six years in investigating and restoring the painting before declaring it the “Lost Leonardo.” National Gallery of London exhibited this painting in 2011.

Interchange ($300 million) by Willem de Kooning


It is another jaw-dropping artwork by a Dutch-American painter. It is one of the most expensive paintings in the private sale for artworks. Kenneth C Griffin, a Hedgerow fund billionaire, bought it and spent $200 million on 17A Number of Jackson Pollock.

Number 17A is another expensive artwork by Jackson Pollock. Kenneth C Griffin brought it in a deal of $500 million in 2015. Pollock is an abstract-impressionist of America. He is famous for his drip painting style. He also created most valuable 11th artwork 1948 No. 5. The artwork was sold in 2006 for almost $140 million.

Paul Cezanne, The Card Players, $250 million


A royal family of Qatar bought one of the five versions of Cezanne in 2011. They paid double the current record for a precious creation at auction. The men in the painting are farmhands on the estate of Cezanne.

Paul Gauguin’s Nafea Fan Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), $210 million


A post-impressionist artist from France, Paul Gauguin, painted this beautiful artwork during his trip to Tahiti. He lived at this place for almost six years. The artwork was sold in 2015 for $300 million. It was one of the most expensive paintings ever sold. A lawsuit of high court over a suspected $10 million sale commission revealed that the buyer had paid $210 million only.

Emily Jones

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