If you have a spare $500 million sitting around you could have just bought yourself Salvator Mundi, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Auctioned off at Christie’s in New York this week, Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million after an intense bidding war that lasted 20 minutes.
Salvator Mundi has a peculiar history, having disappeared for centuries before being rediscovered and restored. And it’s now the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.
Astonishingly, not everyone even agrees that this was painted by da Vinci, but that clearly didn’t dissuade the anonymous billionaire who bought it from spending a fortune to secure it.