Meet the world's most expensive painting
A long lost Leonardo Da Vinci painting yesterday became the world's most expensive painting, after selling at auction for an astronomical amount.
The 500-year-old painting has been the subject of great scrutiny for years, only recently (well, 12 years ago, so 'comparitively' recently) being declared a legitimate 'Leo'.
At one point, it was sold as a work by a Leonardo imitator for just £45.
Called Salvator Mundi or Saviour of the World, the piece was only expected to fetch around US$100 million, according to auction house Christies. It ended up selling for US$450 million – or A$592 million.
But as art critic Alastair Sooke said, discovering a new da Vinci painting is akin to “finding a new planet”.
Although he's the most popular and possibly greatest artist ever, only 15 Leonardo Da Vinci paintings are known to have survived.