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The most expensive painting Da Vinci will appear in UAE

The most expensive painting Da Vinci will appear in UAE

According to some documents obtained from Saudi Arabia, it was revealed Prince Bader's representatives did not present him as a bidder until the day before the sale of the painting took place.

"Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is coming to LouvreAbuDhabi", the museum said on Twitter in Arabic, English and French, displaying an image of the 500-year-old work.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, has been billed as "the first universal museum in the Arab world" in a sign of the oil-rich emirate's global ambitions. A spokeswoman for Christie's said it did not comment on the identities of any buyer or seller without their permission.

Salvator Mundi - the painting depicting Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci recently auctioned for a record $450m - is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the new museum. But there is little known about Prince Bader, as he is not well-known as an art collector.

Prince Bader is listed as a director of Houston-based Energy Holdings International, Inc. While most are scattered around the world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will now have two of these paintings. The revelation that Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud was the purchaser were according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The highest known sale price for any artwork had been 300 million dollars (£224), for Willem de Kooning's painting "Interchange".

'Congratulations, ' Christie's said in a tweeted reply to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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It had been speculated, however, that the buyer might have hailed from the Middle East, particularly following posts on social media earlier today announcing that the painting was making its way to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The Art Museum of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi was opened this year in the capital of the UAE.

People gather around Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" at Christie's auction rooms in London on October 24. Even before becoming the world's most expensive painting, it drew huge crowds during pre-auction viewings in London, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

In 1958, when it was advertised as a "school of da Vinci" work, it sold for the paltry sum of $76.36.

The sale more than doubled the previous record of $179.4 million paid for Pablo Picasso's "The Women of Algiers (Version O)" in 2015, also in NY.

Salvator Mundi has a controversial history, with at least one expert doubting that it is the work of Renaissance master da Vinci. It was sold for just thousands in 2005 but was bought again in 2013 for $127.5 million by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.


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