The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum at the end of last year opened, in mid-september, his most prestigious asset share with the public: the painting ‘Salvator Mundi’ of Loonardo da Vinci.
The painting of the Italian master sets a Christ blessing with a crystal ball, and last year was at a public auction sold by the Russian businessman Dmitri Rybolovlev, in his free time art collector and chairman of football club Monaco. That earned him a record amount of 450 million dollars, or 382 million euro.
The new owner of the most expensive painting in the world is the Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud. Because he previously was not active on the art market, it is suspected that he has the painting, bought in the name of the department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, but this last one was by the ministry has not been confirmed.
“This masterpiece was lost for a long time and hidden, but now it is a gift from us to the world,” says Mohammed Khalifa al-Moubarak, chairman of the department of culture and tourism of Abu Dhabi, in a press release.