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World record Da Vinci painting to be exhibited in Louvre Abu Dhabi Dubai

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Last month, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Artwork made international headlines when it sold at Christie’s auction for $450.3 million. That made the painting the most expensive work ever sold at auction. The buyer is reported to be the the Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud. The buyer’s identity, reported by the New York Times this evening, was discovered in the midst of an investigation into Saudi Arabia’s elite class, including Prince Bader’s family and associates, who have been criticized for their showy displays of wealth.

In an Instagram post earlier today, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the new Emirati branch of the Parisian museum that opened last month, said that Salvator Mundi is on its way to the museum. The Louvre has not yet provided any details beyond that, but collective curiosity is piqued.

Christie’s has said the work is a commission from King Louis XII of France and his wife, Anne of Brittany, but some specialists and critics have cast doubt on whether it really is one of the few known Leonardo works in existence. The painting was initially sold for just £45 at Sotheby’s in London in 1958, although the work was not attributed to Leonardo at that time. It was later considered a copy of a Leonardo painting, and then after it was restored, in 2011, it was authenticated as a true Leonardo. Following a showing at London’s National Gallery of Art, it was sold to Yves Bouvier for around $80 million. Bouvier then sold it to Dmitry Rybolovlev, the embattled Russian businessman, for $127.5 million.