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Last month, "Salvator Mundi," Leonardo da Vinci's portrayal of Jesus as savior of the world, sold at auction for $400 million, more than twice the previous record for a work of art sold at auction.It shows that, for $450 million, you could restore sight to 9 million people with curable blindness, or provide 13 million families with the tools and techniques to grow 50 percent more food.A nonprofit called Give Directly will locate the neediest families and transfer your money to them, deducting only 10 percent for its administrative costs.What seems to me unarguable is that to care more about owning a painting than about whether several million people can see is a long way beyond it.Now 86 percent of the world's children receive basic vaccines – the highest rate ever.Owning a painting – even if it were the most marvelous painting in the world – or knowing that you had kept millions of children healthy, saving lives and benefiting families economically at the same time?
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