Home History What is the most expensive painting ever sold? What is the most expensive painting ever sold?In 2017, an unknown buyer paid an exorbitant price for a 500-year-old painting. But experts still disagree about the identity of the artist who painted the piece. History 07/06/2023 by Space Navy 0 Comment In 2017, an unknown buyer paid an exorbitant price for a 500-year-old painting. But experts still disagree about the identity of the artist who painted the piece. The painting Salvator Mundi is the most expensive – and perhaps also the most controversial – work of art in history. The work was sold in November 2017 at the auction house Christie’s in New York for 450 million dollars, which corresponds to over sixty billion Icelandic ISK. It was not known who bought the painting, but just a few months after the purchase, American media claimed that the new owner of the painting was the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. A painting worth billions Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, Salvator Mundi, was sold for over 60 billion Icelandic krónur in 2017 – making the painting the most expensive work of art in history. The most expensive works after that were painted by some of the most famous artists in history. Interchange Artist: Willem de Kooning. Year of sale: 2015 Price: ISK 52 billion. Owner: Kenneth C. Griffin, American businessman. The Players – Les Joueurs De Cartes Artist: Paul Cézanne. Year of sale: 2011 Price: ISK 46 billion. Owner: State of Qatar Nafea Faa ipoipo Artist: Paul Gauguin. Year of sale: 2014 Price: ISK 36 billion. Owner: State of Qatar Number 17A Artist: Jackson Pollock. Year of sale: 2015 Price: ISK 30 billion. Owner: Kenneth C. Griffin, American businessman. According to political analysts, the purchase could be an attempt to position Saudi Arabia as a country of art and foster the country’s political interests. To underline this, it was decided to display Salvator Mundi in the new art museum of the neighboring United Arab Emirates – a country with which the Saudi crown prince wanted to have close relations. However, this exhibition of the painting never materialized and the current location of the Salvator Mundi is unknown. The origin of Salvator Mundi is disputed The Salvator Mundi is believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci himself in the early 16th century, and the work was thought to have been destroyed until it was rediscovered in 2005. The painting was originally believed to be a copy of Leonardo’s original Salvator Mundi painting. The experts believed that the painting found was painted by one of the master’s apprentices. But when the work was being fixed in 2006, several methods were revealed that are characteristic of Leonardo. The painting was subsequently attributed to him. Was the most expensive work of art in history, Salvator Mundi, painted by Leonardo da Vinci? Art historians still debate it. However, many art historians question the painting’s provenance, and Salvator Mundi remains highly controversial in the international art world. According to American art historian Robert B. Simon, the original Salvator Mundi was painted over 30 times by Leonardo’s students and followers.