What else could you buy for $450m instead of da Vinci’s painting? We’ve taken a look…

A 500-year-old Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus has just sold at Christie’s in New York for a world record $450m (or £341m in real money).


The highest price ever paid for a work of art was sold almost 500 years after da Vinci died so he’ll be annoyed to have just missed out on the financial windfall. Although to be fair to the old master, the same painting sold for £45 in 1958 so you can forgive him for forgetting all about it.


The mysterious bidder won the piece via telephone so we don’t know any illuminating biographical info which might help us to understand why (and even how) they were able to part with almost half a billion dollars for a painting. What we at PrettyGreen can do is speculate on what else they could splash half a bil’ on:


1.     One and a half million Nintendo Switch consoles

This week the Switch was crowned Pocket Lint’s Gadget of the Year so what better way to celebrate than to buy every single 80-84-year-old in the UK a console with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?


2.     89% of Newcastle United

If you can find someone else to borrow £39m from you could wrestle control of the Magpies from the hands of Mike Ashley and walk the streets of Newcastle as a hero for all eternity (as long as you give Rafa some spending money because Joselu is not the man to bring the glory back to the toon)


3.     Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners

What’s better than one new luxury airliner? Two luxury airliners. That means you will have as many as the whole of Belgium. And we always like to compete with our Flemish cousins.


4.     All 5 original members of Take That

Combine Robbie’s net worth of about $200m with Barlow’s bank balance of around £100m then add Donald, Orange and Owen to the mix and hey presto! You’ve got yourself five lovely lads who you could ask to try and replicate famous paintings. Or perform ‘Relight My Fire’ – the choice is yours!


5.     311,415,525 Nando’s chicken wings

It’s nearing the end of the week, you’re filthy rich and the team are hungry. Come on gang – let’s grab a Nando’s! You recite your order and watch as the cashier taking your order trembles in fear. A single tear rolls down the cheek of the griller. The wings take a continuous 84 and a half years to cook. You realise you ordered the wrong spice as you leave the restaurant.