Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for Record $450 Million
A painting of Jesus Christ by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for a record $450 million. That is the most money ever paid for an artwork.
The painting is called "Salvator Mundi," Latin for "Savior of the World." It is one of fewer than 20 works by the Renaissance painter known to exist. It sold at an auction on Wednesday.
Before Wednesday, the highest-known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million for Willem de Kooning's painting "Interchange." Businessman Kenneth C. Griffin bought it in a private sale in 2015.
A Pablo Picasso's painting "Les femmes D'Alger" held the previous record for artwork sold at auction. It was sold in 2015 for over $179 million.
The sale of the da Vinci painting took place at Christie's auction house in New York City. Bidding for the piece opened at $75 million. The bidding lasted 19 minutes.
People inside Christie's cheered as the hammer came down to mark the end of bidding. The record sale price includes money that the unnamed winner must pay to the auction house.
Jussi Pylkkanen was the auctioneer and is Global president of Christie's. He told the Reuters news agency, "It was a moment when all the stars were aligned, and I think Leonardo would be very pleased."
The 66-centimeter-tall painting dates to around 1500. It shows Jesus dressed in Renaissance-style clothing. His right hand is raised in blessing and his left hand holds a crystal ball.
The painting was in a private collection of King Charles I of England. It disappeared from view until 1900, when a British collector bought it. At that time, it was thought to have been painted by a student of Leonardo rather than the master himself.
In 2005, a group of art dealers paid less than $10,000 for the artwork. It was badly damaged and partly painted over. They restored the work and proved that the painting was done by Leonardo da Vinci himself.
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the restored painting in 2013 for $127.5 million.
Christie's said most experts agree the painting is a work of Leonardo da Vinci. But critics say the restoration of the piece affects the work's authorship.
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这幅画被称为“Salvator Mundi”，拉丁语为“救世主” 。该画作是这位文艺复兴时期画家存世的不到20副画作之一 。周三，该画作在拍卖会上成交 。
在这之前，拍卖价格最高的艺术作品是威廉·德库宁（Willem de Kooning）的《互换》，售价高达3亿美元 。2015年，商人肯尼思·C·格里芬（Kenneth C. Griffin）在一场私人拍卖中将其收入囊中 。
上一个拍卖价格记录的保持者为毕加索的《阿尔及尔的女人》 。该画作于2015年以1.79亿美元售出 。
达芬奇的《救世主》在纽约佳士得拍卖行拍卖 。拍卖起步价格为7500万美元 。整个拍卖过程仅持续了19分钟 。
随着佳士得拍卖行的槌音落定，会场内的人们欢呼雀跃 。这一破纪录的售价还包括匿名买家须支付给拍卖行的佣金 。
尤西·皮尔卡宁(JussiPylkkanen)是佳士得拍卖公司的全球总裁和拍卖师 。他告诉路透社：“这是群星闪耀的一刻，我想此刻的达芬奇也颇感欣慰 。”
这幅高66厘米的画作可追溯到大约1500年前 。作品中耶稣身穿文艺复兴时期风格的服装 。画中的耶稣右手作祈福状，左手则拿着一个水晶球 。
这幅画曾为英国国王查理一世收藏 。消失一段时间后在1900年被一位英国收藏家买下 。当时，外界认为这幅画出自达芬奇徒弟之手而非达芬奇本人 。
2005年，艺术品交易商以低于1万美元的价格买下这副画作 。不过，画作遭到严重损坏、涂抹 。艺术品交易商将画作修复好后证实的确为达芬奇真迹 。
俄罗斯亿万富翁德米特里·雷博诺夫列夫（Dmitry Rybolovlev）于2013年以1.275亿美元购得这副修复完好的画作 。
佳士得拍卖公司表示，大多数专家认为这副画是达芬奇的作品之一 。不过有批评人士认为，经过修复的作品会影响原创作者的身份 。