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Crypto Mundi



This is Crypto Mundi from The Most Expensive Artworks Project collaboration by Athena Novo and Mad Monk.

It is a remix of Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi. It is No 1 in the project in parallel with its place on the list. Accordingly it has been last sold November 2017 in Christie's New York for USD 450 million. The seller was Dmitry Rybolovlev and the buyer was Badr bin Abdullah Al Saud.


The Most Expensive Artworks Project started with an idea and a web page on Wikipedia:

Athena Novo and Mad Monk collaborated on "doing something" with the list. First idea was to make a common "burn" GIF. Step by step the original or an alternative version would be burned i.e. like a GIF. However the idea of destructing artworks did not appeal. Then glitching was cast off as the main tool for something more appealing was under consideration. It was the idea of remixing the artwork more freely - sometimes with itself and sometimes with others on the list (as a pre-condition to narrow the universe).

Consequently AN and MM started to work on from the top of the list. Several results were obtained and from them, the story modes with multiple artworks will be minted on Async Art by Athena Novo while the single items (in GIF or JPG) will be minted on KnownOrigin by Mad Monk as a part of the collaboration.


Salvator Mundi (Latin for ''Savior of the World'') is a painting attributed in whole or in part to the Italian High Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, dated to c. 1499–1510. Long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with overpainting, it was rediscovered, restored, and included in Luke Syson's major Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery, London, in 2011–12. Christie's claimed just after selling the work that most leading scholars consider it to be an original work by Leonardo, but this attribution has been disputed by other specialists, some of whom posit that he only contributed certain elements.

The painting depicts Jesus in an anachronistic blue Renaissance dress, making the sign of the cross with his right hand, while holding a transparent, non-refracting crystal orb in his left, signaling his role as Salvator Mundi and representing the 'celestial sphere' of the heavens. Approximately thirty copies and variations of the work by students and followers of Leonardo have been identified. Preparatory chalk and ink drawings of the drapery by Leonardo are held in the British Royal Collection.

The painting was sold at auction for US$450.3 million on 15 November 2017 by Christie's in New York to Prince Badr bin Abdullah, setting a new record for most expensive painting ever sold at public auction. Prince Badr allegedly made the purchase on behalf of Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism but it has since been posited that he may have been a stand-in bidder for his close ally and Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. This follows late-2017 reports that the painting would be put on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the unexplained cancellation of its scheduled September 2018 unveiling. The current location of the painting has been reported as unknown but a June 2019 report stated that it was being stored on bin Salman's yacht, pending completion of a cultural center in Al-`Ula and an October 2019 report indicated it may be in storage in Switzerland. (Wikipedia)

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Hiro purchased Crypto Mundi from Athena Novo for $204

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Hiro bid $214

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Juan Jaimes-Diaz bid $21

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