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World's most costly painting on Saudi prince's yacht

World's most costly painting on Saudi prince's yacht”

There are many questions surrounding the world's most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, after it was sold for a record-smashing US$450m at Christie's NY salesroom in 2017.

As reported by a source to Artnet.com, "Salvator Mundi" is being kept on superyacht Serene owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The whereabouts of the painting, which several experts dispute is by the Italian master himself, has been a mystery since it was sold for $450m at an auction in NY in 2017.

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi was last seen in public at Christie's in November 2017 before it was sold to Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah, who acted in the name of the Saudi crown prince.

There have been previous claims that the United Arab Emirates capital's department of culture and tourism bought the artwork - to ultimately have it displayed at the relatively new The Louvre Abu Dhabi. Christie's declined to verify that portray. Then it went missing.

This Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece may be riding da waves. "Now it's apparently turned up on Saudi Crown Prince MBS's yacht".

The 500-year-old painting was allegedly gifted by bin Salman to Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, for display in Louvre Abu Dhabi - as well the Louvre in Paris - for an upcoming exhibition marking 500 years after the death of Da Vinci. The work was whisked away in the middle of the night on MBS's plane and relocated to his yacht, the Serene.

After saying the painting was originally found in shards and had to be reconstructed before its auction, he asks, "what harm could the occasional splash of seawater do?"



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