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In a bidding battle that saw bidders and auctioneer use every trick in the book, the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci made $400m plus commissions this evening in New York, at Christie's Post War and Contemporary sale.

Shown live on Facebook, it was absolutely the most astonishing auction of a painting you'll ever see, and of course, a world record by a long shot for any work of art. Interesting was the game of cat and mouse played between the bidders; increments of $2m followed by a whacking great $10m increment, a tactic used on a number of occasions throughout the battle for Salvator Mundi. This one painting may top Sotheby's entire week at $450,312,500.000 including buyers premium. 

Sotheby's just went into the garage and turned on the car engine.

LdV1234 copyLeonardo De Vinci's Salvator Mundi made $400,000,000.000 plus buyers premium

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