Princely sum paid for paint­ing

The Observer - - NEWS WORLD - – Me­gan Palin

A SAUDI prince has been re­vealed as the buyer who paid a record $592 mil­lion for Leonardo da Vinci’s Sal­va­tor Mundi paint­ing,

The New York Times re­ports. The 500-yearold paint­ing went up for auc­tion last month af­ter Rus­sian bil­lion­aire Dmitry Ry­bolovlev de­cided to sell it. The oil paint­ing, called Sal­va­tor Mundi and de­pict­ing Christ hold­ing a crys­tal orb, is one of fewer than 20 paint­ings by da Vinci known to ex­ist. Prince Bader bin Ab­dul­lah bin Mo­hammed bin Farhan al-Saud, a lit­tle-known Saudi prince, has been re­vealed as the buyer. The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi would house the paint­ing, the mu­seum said. Prince Bader is re­port­edly a friend and as­so­ci­ate of the leader of Saudi Ara­bia’s re­cent purge: 32-year-old Crown Prince and Saudi De­fence Min­is­ter Mo­hammed bin Sal­man.


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