It is one of the few known works of art that Leonardo da Vinci painted in his time: the Salvator Mundi painting. It had been assumed at times that the painting of the Italian painter, architect and sculptor had been destroyed until it was finally rediscovered. Now the Salvator Mundi painting was auctioned off by Leonardo da Vinci for 450 million US dollars - and according to Christie's auction house it is the most expensive work of art ever auctioned off in the world.
The Salvator Mundi painting, created around 1500, was first discovered in 1909, when it was thought to come from the studio of the Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio. As a result, the rare work of art was auctioned off in 1958 for just 45 pounds. Only when the London National Gallery presented the Salvator Mundi painting in 2011 as one of Leonardo da Vinci's less than 20 known works of art did it acquire priceless value.
Now the 66-centimeter-high painting, which shows Jesus in Renaissance robes and with a crystal ball in his left hand, was auctioned off for around 450 million US dollars (around 382 million euros) - and will thus continue to increase in value. But what do you think is so much money for a picture still appropriate?