December 11, 2019

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Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi: auction history at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi: auction history at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

The rediscovered masterpiece by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sells for an historic $450,312,500, obliterating the previous world record for the most expensive work of art at auction.

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale totals $785,942,250

Quote from Loic Gouzer, Co-Chairman Post-War and Contemporary Art: We toured Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi around the world, and at every stop crowds of people were drawn to this painting, wanting to stand in front of the picture and experience it in person. Salvator Mundi evokes joy, ecstasy, anger, awe — it just touches every emotion. Even for me, it is very difficult to pinpoint what it is that makes this painting so poignant, you cannot comprehend the mystery of Leonardo. That is the magic of his work. Bidders from all around the world recognized this elusive and mesmerizing quality, and competed passionately to acquire this work in what was surely a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The top lots of the sale were Leonardo da Vinci’s, Salvator Mundi, which realized $450,312,500 breaking the world auction record for any work sold at auction and Andy Warhol’s Sixty Last Suppers, which sold for $60,875,000.

14 World Auction Records for Adam Pendelton, Philippe Parreno, Kerry James Marshall, Vija Celmins, Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann, William Baziotes, Isamu Noguchi and more.

Second highest total ever for a various owner Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie’s.

Major collections achieved strong results and exceeded pre-sale estimates.

The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass continued with a strong running total of $161,149,750 exceeding the collection estimate of $120 million.

The Defining Gesture: Modern Masters from the Eppler Family Collection achieved a running total of $71,381,000. The collection was led by Franz Kline’s monumental Light Mechanic, which realized $20,000,000.


Top Image: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Salvator Mundi, painted circa 1500. 25⅞ x 18 in (65.7 x 45.7 cm). 

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