World's costliest painting on Saudi prince's yacht

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 12, 2019

Leonardo Da Vinci's $450 million "Salvator Mundi" whereabouts have been a mystery ever since it sold for a whopping amount of $450 million (£350m) in 2017., citing two "principals involved in the transaction", reported Monday that the Da Vinci painting is being kept on board of superyacht Serene owned by the Saudi crown prince.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that the painting was bought by Saudi Prince Badr bin Abdullah, who acted in the name of Prince Mohammed.

The 500-year-old painting was reportedly gifted to Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, so that it could be displayed at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. A recent article published on Guardian reports that Carmen Bambach from Metropolitan Museum of Art saying she was wrongly referenced in Christie's catalogue as attributing the painting to the artist alone. It went for $643 million dollars at auction and then it went missing.

"Apparently, the work was whisked away in the middle of the night on MBS's plane and relocated to his yacht, the Serene", he writes for artnet.

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Hisham Melham, renowned Lebanese columnist, highlighted that the painting in question was produced by Leonardo da Vinci's studio but "not by the master" himself.

It was revealed that the buyer was a little-known Saudi prince with no history as an art collector and no publicly declared source of wealth.

The purchase came at a time when the Saudi government, under the instruction of bin Salman, was rounding up dozens of billionaire princes and businessmen in what it said was a crackdown on corruption and excess.

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