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Da Vinci’s $450 million Salvator Mundi is aboard MBS's yacht, says Artnet

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The New York Times previously reported that another Saudi prince purchased the 500-year-old painting on behalf of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman behalf at a 2017 Christie’s auction.

Tuesday 11, June 2019

(Bloomberg) -- Artnet.com said that a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, whose whereabouts have been a mystery since it sold in 2017 for a record $450 million, has turned up in an unlikely place.

Salvator Mundi is being kept on superyacht Serene owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

According to Bloomberg ship tracking data, the yacht’s location as of 26 May was in the Red Sea off Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort town on the Sinai Peninsula.

While the high seas may not be the best place for a fragile Old Master painting, it’s not uncommon for the super-wealthy to decorate their yachts with trophy art.

Joe Lewis hung Francis Bacon’s ‘Triptych 1974 – 1977’, worth an estimated $70 million, was kept on the lower deck of his yacht the Aviva.

 ‘Salvator Mundi will remain aboard MBS’s 134-metre Serene until the Saudis create a planned cultural hub in the Kingdom’s Al-Ula region, Artnet said.

Experts at the Louvre have attributed the work to Da Vinci’s workshop, rather than to the artist alone.

Celine Dauvergne, a spokeswoman for the Louvre, declined to comment on the painting’s attribution but said the Paris museum has asked to borrow the work for an October exhibition.

 

TAGS : MBS, Da Vinci Christ Salvator Mundi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Artnet.com, Leonardo Da Vinci, Serene

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