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A da Vinci painting bought for $13,000 just 12 years ago is now the world’s most expensive artwork

A painting known as the “male Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci smashed auction records last night when it was sold for $US450,312,500 ($AU593m, inc. buyer’s premium). “Salvator Mundi”, a portrait of Christ as ‘Saviour of the World’ is one of just 20 da Vinci paintings in existence and the only one outside of an art museum and is believed to date from around 1506, having been painted in Florence for Louis XII of France. The work subsequently belonged to [...]