Da Vinci’s $450 m Salvador Mundi makes its way to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Salvador Mundi – the painting of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci was recently sold for a whopping $450 m at a Christie’s auction. While details of the buyer and his whereabouts were kept top secret even after the sale, we now know where the record-breaking Da Vinci painting is headed to. The exclusive painting, that also happens to be the last of Da Vinci’s works to be handed out, is about making its way to Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the brand-new museum.

The news is also confirmed by the museum with a tweet that read – “Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi,” in Arabic, English and French. Auction house Christie that sold the painting last month congratulated the museum on Twitter, but continued to remain tight-lipped about the details of its buyer. Even though there is no official confirmation, a Saudi prince by the name of Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud is said to be owner of the exclusive Da Vinci masterpiece.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the Louvre name outside France is touted as ‘the first universal museum in the Arab World. It also happens to be the first of the three museums slated to open on the emirate island, work on which had started way back in 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi in all its magnificence, features a vast silver-toned dome and exquisite infrastructure that is designed by French Architect Jean Nouvel. It combines an Arabic influence with contemporary styles and displays about 600 pieces at present.


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