Princely sum paid for painting
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.