When asked whether Salvator Mundis involvement in the Rybolovlev-Bouvier case might overshadow its sale, Christies postwar and contemporary chairman, Loïc Gouzer, who secured the work with a 100m guarantee, said: We cannot comment about sellers, but it has every passport, every visa.
Leonardo da Vincis painting, Saviour of the World, sold for 450,312,500 Wednesday at auction, Christies said.Theyre very organic looking as opposed to sort of cookie-cutter trees which you see in other works from this workshop.But researchers have also collected other clues that a computer cant necessarily spot, like da Vincis scientifically-based observational skills. .It wouldnt make any sense.Mona Lisa, it is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by the Renaissance master.
Standing in front of that painting was a spiritual experience.
At about 370 tagli di barba million there appeared to be only two remaining bidders on the other end of the phone lines.
Bouvier then flipped the painting the next year, selling it to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev to the tune of 127.5 million an almost 50 million markup.With the buyers premium, an extra fee tacked on by auction houses, the final tally came to 450,312,500.Gustav Klimts Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912)went under the hammer at Christies New York and sold for 87,936,000, francis Bacons Triptych (1976) sold for.9m to oligarch Roman Abramovich 12 November 2010, a Chinese 18th century Qianlong dynasty porcelain vase sold for 53,100,000 (85,921,461).But while working on the piece, da Vinci must have changed his mind and painted over it the thumb was moved to the position in which it appears today.The bidding for Saviour of the World, (.Finding a new one is rarer than finding a new planet, he said.The collector acquired it from Bouvier for 127m, who had in turn acquired it from Sothebys in a private sale in 2013 for about 50m less.Over time, the painting has attracted scrutiny and, inevitably, a lawsuit.
Back to Francois clients at 370 million, said Pylkkänen, as the room grew quiet.
Previewing the lot last month, Christies described the painting of Christ holding a crystal orb in his left hand and raising his right in benediction as the biggest discovery of the 21st century.