Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old painting of Christ has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m).
The painting, known as ”Salvator Mundi,” Italian for ”Saviour of the World,” is the highest auction price for any work of art.
It brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie’s auction room.
According to reports, the highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction had been $179.4 million (152 million euros), for Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” in May 2015, also at Christie’s in New York.
It was also gathered that the highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million (253 million euros), for Willem de Kooning’s “Interchange,” sold privately in September 2015 by the David Geffen Foundation to hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin.
Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence.