There are certain people out there in this great big world of ours who have WAY too much money to spend. Another shining example of that reality smacked us all in the face recently when someone bought a painting (yes, one painting) for an incredible $450 million at Christie’s Auction House in New York.
To be fair, the painting has an extraordinary history. It all (re)started when an art collector named Robert Simon bought what he thought was a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost painting “Salvator Mundi” for $10,000 in Louisiana in 2005.
The painting then went through a six-year restoration process, during which the restorer made an incredible discovery: the Salvator Mundi – da Vinci’s final painting, previously thought to have been lost to history – was not a copy, but the original. It was painted by da Vinci himself, and it is the only da Vinci outside a museum.
An astonishing twist, to be sure, but people on Twitter had some thoughts about the exorbitant price the painting ultimately fetched.
If it’s your money, you can obviously do whatever you want with it, but you have to admit…that’s pretty insane.
h/t: Pizza Bottle