The most expensive painting in the world, Salvator Mundi of Leonardo da Vinci, recently sold at Christie’s for $ 450 million, will be exhibited in the newly opened art Museum in Abu Dhabi.
This was announced by the leadership of the Museum in his Twitter.
The management of the Louvre Abu Dhabi does not explain, did the picture of the Museum itself or received it from the buyer.
However, many reports say that Leonardo’s masterpiece was bought by a Saudi Prince.
So, The New York Times reported that the buyer of the painting is Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud.
Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi («Savior of the world») was sold at Christie’s auction in new York for $ 450 million, including taxes and Commission. Therefore, the masterpiece of Leonardo became the most expensive work of art in history.
Oil-painted portrait of Jesus Christ, until recently, considered lost, was estimated at $ 100 million.
«The Savior of the world» — the only one of 15 currently known paintings of Da Vinci, which is in a private collection.
Happy owner of a masterpiece wished to remain anonymous. Trading house Christie’s refused to publish not only the name of the buyer, but the region, which will leave the picture.
The previous owner of the painting was the Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought the canvas for 127,5 million in 2015.
Art critics and auctioneers call the find Salvator Mundi, the greatest discovery in the art of the XXI century.
It is believed that the painting was painted around 1500 by order of king of France Louis XII, however, had since been lost and only discovered in 2005. Later it turned out that in 1958 the painting, which drew the second layer, was sold at Sotheby’s in London for 45 pounds.
In 2011, when the authenticity of the «Savior of the world» was proved, the painting was first shown to the public in the London «National gallery,» which Director called the discovery «more important than discovering a new planet.»