Under the hammer
The top record-breaking art auctions
A 500-year-old work of art, believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci and depicting Jesus Christ, sold in New York for $450.3 million, smashing the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, Christie’s said.
The exact value of private sales is often not revealed. But a Willem de Kooning painting and a Gauguin were reportedly sold separately for $300 million each in 2015, according to US media reports.
Below is a list of the 10 most expensive art works ever sold at an auction. Unless stated otherwise, all are paintings.
1 Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (or Savior of the World), one of fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings generally accepted as being from the Renaissance master’s hand, sold for $450.3 million at Christie’s. 2 Pablo Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (Version O)...