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Celebrities and hundreds of onlookers attend annual lighting of the massive Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. (Dec. 5)

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A Rare Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells For A Record $450 Million

A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday.

The painting, called “Salvator Mundi,” Italian for “Savior of the World,” is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and the only one in private hands.

The 26-inch-tall (66-centimeter-tall) painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand raised in blessing as his left hand holds a crystal sphere.

Christie’s says most scholars agree that the painting is by Leonardo, though some critics have questioned the attribution and some say the extensive restoration muddies the work’s authorship.

In New York, where no museum owns a Leonardo, art lovers lined up outside Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters on Tuesday to view “Salvator Mundi.”


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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 23, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Hong Kong students boycott classes to demand electoral reform, Islamic State lifts ban on cigarettes in Iraq’s Kirkuk province, Israeli court orders migrant detention center to shut down, and Rockefeller family to sell oil assets to invest in clean energy.

Students Start Week-Long Protest for Electoral Reform​
Thousands rallied in the city on Monday to demand universal suffrage.

Islamic State Lifts Cigarette Ban in Kirkuk
Militant group has reportedly allowed smoking to increase its popularity among residents.

Court Orders Shutdown of Migrant Detention Center
Authorities have three months to release some 2,000 African migrants, who are mainly from Sudan and Eritrea.

Rockefeller Family Pledges to Sell Oil Assets
Family fund joins hundreds of philanthropists to divest more than $50 billion from fossil fuels for reinvestment in clean energy.

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