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Leonardo's Salvator Mundi sells for $450m at Christie's New York

Price makes it the most expensive painting of all time

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) Courtesy of Christie's Images LTD 2017

Billed as "the last Leonardo" remaining in private hands, Christie's tonight sold, as part of its post-war and contemporary evening sale in New York, the Renaissance master's Salvator Mundi. The 500-year-old painting carried an estimate around $100m and a third-party guarantee, and sold after a dramatic and drawn-out battle between three phone bidders for $400m at the hammer ($450,312,500 with fees), to gasps and applause.

Read the full sale report by Judd Tully, and our previous coverage below:

Leonardo marketed as a rock star ahead of Salvator Mundi sale

Christie's releases condition report on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

From £45 to $100m: Leonardo heads to New York

Leonardo frenzy in London as crowds throng to see Salvator Mundi

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