"'Salvator Mundi' is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time", Gouzer said.
The auction house, which also helped sell Picasso's painting "Women of Algiers", reports that around 30,000 people attended Christie's showing of the painting in Hong Kong, London, San Francisco and NY.
In fact, it was acquired for a figure much more public. "The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honor that comes around once in a lifetime".
The highest price paid for a work of art at auction had been $179 million, for Pablo Picasso's painting "Women of Algiers (Version O)" in May 2015, also at Christie's in NY.
The sale beats Pablo Picasso's painting Les Femmes d'Alger (Women of Algiers), which sold for AUD $235 million in May 2015, also at Christie's in NY.
Christie's declined to comment on the controversy and had valued the painting pre-sale at $100 million.
The bidding opened at $75 million and ran for 19 minutes. The price hit $300 million about halfway through the bidding. The auction house hosted public viewings of the painting for more than 27,000 people in cities around the world before the sale. Latin for "Savior of the World" - was purchased for $450.3 million by an undisclosed buyer.
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The 500-year-old oil painting depicting Christ holding a crystal orb is called "Salvator Mundi" or "Savior of the World".
Its path from Leonardo's workshop to the auction block at Christie's was not smooth.
Christie's says it belonged to Charles I, after possibly being made for the French royal family and taken to England by Queen Henrietta Maria when she married the English monarch in 1625.
"Leonardo was an unparalleled creative force and a master of the enigmatic". It disappeared once again for almost 50 years, emerging in 2005 when it was purchased from an American estate at a small regional auction house. The depiction of Jesus Christ was sold by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought it for $127.5 million in 2013.
Many celebrities were present at the auction, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who is slated to play the Renaissance painter in an upcoming film by Paramount, singer Jennifer Lopez and singer-songwriter Patti Smith.
Christie's presented the sale this fall the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21 century: Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi.
The work was exhibited in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and NY before the sale. Art collectors consider Salvator Mundi as the "male Mona Lisa" making it a legendary piece.