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World's most expensive painting 'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci sold for over Rs.2900 Crore
Posted on: 16-11-2017 , 11:16:AM | DY365 Bureau

 Courtesy : The Guardian

Salvator Mundi, the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci termed as ‘biggest discovery of the 21st century’ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at Christie’s in New York had been sold for over Rs.2900 Crore.

This auction broke any world record for any work of art sold at auction at such a high price tag.

According to The Guardian, the sale generated a sustained 20 minutes of tense telephone bidding as the auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen juggled rival suitors before a packed crowd of excited onlookers in the salesroom.

At one point, Pylkkanen remarked: “Historic moment, we’ll wait” as the the bidding went back and forth, pausing at just over $200m as it rose to break the auction record.

This sale places ‘Salvator Mundi’ as the most expensive work sold privately or at auction, including Pablo Picasso’s 1955 Women of Algiers (Version O), sold for $179.4m, and Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917-18 Reclining Nude, sold for $170.4m.

 
 

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