Christie’s global president Jussi Pylkkanen takes the winning hammer bid of US$400 million on “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci at auction in New York. The buyer will pay a total of US$450.3 million for the painting. Photo: EPA

US$450 million paid for Da Vinci painting of Jesus at New York auction, smashing art sales records

Gasps punctuate the protracted bidding for Salvator Mundi, the only Da Vinci still in private hands, with bids rising US$20 million at a time as two would-be buyers duel over the phone for possession of the work

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Christie’s global president Jussi Pylkkanen takes the winning hammer bid of US$400 million on “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci at auction in New York. The buyer will pay a total of US$450.3 million for the painting. Photo: EPA
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