In the USA da Vinci painting sold for a fabulous sum

The moment Leonardo da Vinci's

Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Savior of the World" (Salvator Mundi) was sold on Wednesday at Christie's auction in NY for a record amount of $400 million (excluding taxes).

It beat a record set in May 2015 by Pablo Picasso's "Les Femmes D'Alger", which sold for $179.4 million, and constituted more than half the sale's total of $785.9 million, which came in well above the roughly $450 million pre-sale estimate.

"The inclusion of Salvator Mundi in the National Gallery's landmark 2011-12 exhibition of Leonardo's surviving paintings - the most complete display of such works ever held - sealed its acceptance as a fully autograph work by Leonardo da Vinci", Christie's wrote in its release. Dated back by the auction house to around 1500, the oil on panel sold after 18 minutes of frenzied bidding in a historic sale, the star lot of the November art season in the U.S. financial capital. It was sold by Christie's auction house, which didn't immediately identify the buyer. And it has royal provenance: Commissioned by King Louis XII of France, owned by Charles I and Charles II of England, the painting passed into obscurity for three centuries until it was "rediscovered" in 2005. But between the mid-1600s and 2005, this piece of da Vinci's work was lost. It represented the first time the painting had been shown in Asia or America. At that time it was attributed to a da Vinci disciple, rather than to the master himself. To heighten excitement, the marketers referred to the work as "the male Mona Lisa" and to the artist as "da Vinci", a name with greater public recognition than the "Leonardo" commonly used by scholars. It says it is the only painting by the Renaissance master in private hands. He bought it privately for $127.5 million in 2013.

"Salvator Mundi" is rare; on that there is no debate.

No museum in NY owns a work of art done by Leonardo da Vinci.

In New York, where no museum owns a da Vinci, art lovers lined up outside Christie's Rockefeller Center headquarters on Tuesday to view "Salvator Mundi".

In 2007, the painting was restored at the Institute of Fine Arts of the New York University.

The 66-centimeter-tall painting dates to around 1500.

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