Stunning price for da Vinci has raised concerns among some art experts

Is this $450 Million da Vinci Even a Real da Vinci?

Christie's will have the great privilege of presenting Salvator Mundi in upcoming exhibitions in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and NY, marking the first opportunities for the public in Asia and the Americas to see this exceptional and iconic work of art.

The marketing of the painting also has raised some concerns with Christie's enlisting an outside agency for the first time to tout it and putting it on sale in its contemporary auction, rather than its Old Masters auction, apparently to fetch a higher price.

The highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million (253 million euros) for Willem de Kooning's "Interchange" in September 2015, which was sold privately.

The painting was said to be the last Leonardo in private hands and "the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century".

The painting of Jesus Christ holding the world in the form of a crystal orb, heavily painted-over and long-mistaken for a copy, sold at Sotheby's for around $100 in 1958 and was rediscovered in 2005.

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A backer of the "Salvator Mundi" auction had guaranteed a bid of at least $100 million.

Christie's experts said the painting's rarity was hard to overstate, calling it the "Holy Grail" for auction specialists.

What's been tagged as "the Last Da Vinci" was sold on Wednesday evening, shattering the previous price record for any work of art sold at auction.

4 - Three studies of Lucian Freud, a triptych by Francis BACON, was acquired in November 2013 for 142.4 million dollars, again at Christie's in NY.

Christie's says it belonged to Charles I, after possibly being made for the French royal family and taken to England by Queen Henrietta Maria when she married the English monarch in 1625.

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"Leonardo was an unparalleled creative force and a master of the enigmatic".

"We toured Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi around the world, and at every stop crowds of people were drawn to this painting, wanting to stand in front of the picture and experience it in person", Gouzer said after the sale.

For years it was presumed to have been destroyed, emerging only in 2005 when it was purchased from a USA estate.

The "excitement" for Leonardo's work has been "overwhelming".

"Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time", said Loic Gouzer, co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

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"Salvator Mundi" was attributed to Leonardo after six years of restoration and research, becoming the first discovery of a painting by the Renaissance master since 1909, according to Christie's. It's wonderful it's in NY. With the buyer's premium and taxes, the final sales figure is $450,312,500, smashing to bits the world record for a single work of art sold at auction. "We look forward to creating a similar sensation at Christie's sites worldwide over the next month, as we share what many call the "Male Mona Lisa" - with our global community of collectors, art historians and the public".

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