How Salvator Mundi became the most expensive painting ever sold at auction

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Mark Brown

Was the $400m fetched by Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece due to its exceptional quality – or something more?

It was an eye-watering amount that not even the experts had predicted. As the hammer fell at Christie's New York on Wednesday night, it marked the first time that $400m (£304m) was paid for a single painting at auction.

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