The Most Expensive Painting Sold
Art historians, enthusiasts and of course the good old folks at Christie’s couldn’t have been more excited with the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s freshly rediscovered and authenticated work. Salvator Mundi, which represents Jesus Christ, was auctioned off for a whopping $450 million. Following the sale, the painting was now not only the newest piece added to da Vinci’s already impressive oeuvre, it also became the most expensive work to ever sell at auction.
The identity of the buyer, as is customary, was kept secret following the sale of the work. A lot of he said she said followed its sale and the work was initially thought to have been bought by a Russian oligarch. Reports of this were rubbished soon after however.
The rumour mill came to a screeching halt when the Louvre Abu Dhabi announced their plans to house the work in their museum. The public would finally have the chance to come see da Vinci’s latest masterpiece. Unfortunately, the unveiling event at the museum was cancelled without explanation and the work never showed up at the museum.
So What Happened?
The work is now said to have been purchased indirectly by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who had agreed to loan it to the museum. However, it’s been 2 years since its auction and Salvator Mundi still remains allusive. Perhaps a change of heart and the painting is now in a private collection somewhere in the Middle East?
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