Da Vinci painting sells for US$450 million in New York: Christie's

NEW YORK - A 500-year-old work of art depicting Jesus Christ, believed to be the work of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, sold in New York on Wednesday for US$450.3 million (S$611 million) setting a new art auction record, Christie's said.

"Salvator Mundi," which the auction house dates back to around 1500, sold after 18 minutes of frenzied bidding in a historic sale, the star lot of the November art season in the US financial capital.