Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, $450.3 million, Christie’s

Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old mystical masterpiece, Salvator Mundi, sold for $450.3 million at an auction held November 15th by Christie’s in New York City. It was a new auction record for any artwork ever sold at auction. Fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo are known to exist and all (except for this one) are in museum collections. The oil on panel, done around 1500, depicts Christ as Savior of the World, dressed in flowing robes and holding a crystal orb in his left hand. The price includes the buyer’s premium.


Pair, portrait miniatures, $64,350, Jeffrey S. Evans

Pair, portrait miniatures

A pair of American School folk art portrait miniatures (one shown) sold for $64,350 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held Nov. 10-11 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Native American stone point/blade finished at $12,870; an American “AJ” sulphide blown and glass tumbler fetched $11,700; Didier Robert de Vaugondy’s Atlas Universal went for $11,115; and a Baltimore Federal inlaid mahogany huntboard / sideboard table topped out at $10,530. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Sam Gilliam painting, $370,000, Freeman’s

Sam Gilliam painting

A draped canvas painting by Sam Gilliam (Am., b. 1933), titled Idylls I, sold for $370,000 at a Modern & Contemporary Art Auction held November 7th by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, an acrylic, graphite and black pencil on three sheets of joined paper by Robert Mangold (Am., b. 1937), titled Curved Plane/Figure VII, Study A, rose to $100,000; and an oil and acrylic on paper by Adolph Gottlieb (Am., 1903-1974), titled Brown on Black, went for $93,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


1952 Mickey Mantle card, $125,205, Goldin Auctions

1952 Mickey Mantle card

A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle baseball card, graded SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, sold for $125,205 at a Legends Auction held November 11th by Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank card, PSA EX5, realized $119,068; a 1959 Mickey Mantle game-used, signed and photo-matched New York Yankees home jersey was a hit for $92,062; and a 1997-1998 Michael Jordan game-used, signed Chicago Bulls home jersey rose to $73,650. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


19th c. cigar store Indian, $11,115, Copake Auction

19th c. cigar store Indian

A rare 19th century polychrome painted wooden cigar store Indian figure attributed to Thomas Brooks (N.Y., 1828-1895) sold for $11,115 at an estate auction held October 21st by Copake Auction in Copake, N.Y. Also, a painted fireboard titled The Great Fires of Utica, New York changed hands for $3,510; the same amount was realized for a weathervane in the shape of a setter dog; and an 18th century cherry Pennsylvania Chippendale lowboy with fan carved center drawer hit $4,680. Prices include the buyer’s premium.