World Bulletin / News Desk
The previous record for a painting sold at auction was Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers, painted in 1955, which went for almost $180 million in 2015.
Salvator Mundi is a depiction of Christ, with a raised right hand and a glass sphere in his left. It is one of fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings in existence.
One of the first owners painting, created sometime after 1505, was King Charles I of England.
The artwork, which disappeared until 2005, was later purchased by a British art collector, and was sold for just $60 in 1958 as it was widely believed not to be an original da Vinci.