We can define works of art as physical objects, which are created by artistic geniuses, and which are results of talent, inspiration, afflatus and invested work and effort.
The paintings were one of the first things in art, created by man. Today, they are the most expensive piece of art sold and is one of the best ways of money investing. Collectors spend millions of dollars a year, wanting to own some of the most famous pieces of all time.
The most expensive piece of art sold is Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (1500), sold for incredible $450 million.
The image of Jesus Christ, which attributes to the great artist only at the beginning of this decade.It was commissioned by French King Louis XII more than 500 years ago, and sold for $ 400 million at the Christie’s auction house in New York, with an additional 50 million as a form of premium for the auction house, which is four and a half times the offered price (100 million). “Christie” did not want to disclose the name of the new owner or region from which he comes. Six people were bidding for the image, while bids were jumping by 20-30 million, which is extremely unusual. Their bidding lasted for twenty minutes.
The painting “Salvator Mundi” is the most expensive sold artwork in the world, either privately or on the auction. Past recorders were Picasso’s “Women from Algeria” (1955) and one picture of Paul Gogh, who is believed to have reached a figure of $300 million in a private arrangement.
Christies called the image of Christ who holds the crystal ball in his left hand, while blessing with the right-hand, “the greatest discovery of the 20th century”. The image was sold by Russian oligarch DimitrijRibolovljev (50), the owner of the football club “Monaco.” He bought it from French dealer Ivo Buvije for $127 million, and Bowie bought it in private sales at auction Sotheby’s in 2013 for 50 million less.
Before that, “Salvator Mundi” was owned by a consortium of dealers, including Alexander Peris who had charged for only $ 10,000. The work was copied several times and was long considered a copy.When Peris “cleansed” it and took it to the experts to check, the bomb exploded in the art world: it confirms that the author of the painting was Leonardo da Vinci. It was the first painting attributed to Leonardo since 1909.”The chances of finding an unknown Leonard picture are less than discovering a new planet,” said an expert, LoikGozer.
After a long-term restoration, the painting was first revealed to the public in 2011 at an exhibition at the National Gallery in London. Christ appeared in his “Leonard” glow, with an ethereal and inaccessible expression, which is why he is called “male Mona Lisa.” The artist used at least five thin layers of glaze to get the desired skin tone on Christ’s face – he used the same technique on Mona Lisa.
Alan Winter month, an image specialist for old masters in Christies, said he did not even suspect that the picture would break all records.
Check out art critic Alastair Sooke as he looks at Salvator Mundi: