Da Vinci heads for ‘Lou­vre’

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Abu Dhabi–

Sal­va­tor Mundi, a paint­ing of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that re­cently sold for a record $450 mil­lion (R6.1 bil­lion), is head­ing to the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the bold new mu­seum, it an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

The move be­came pos­si­ble af­ter a lit­tle-known Saudi prince re­port­edly bought the paint­ing last month.

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 oil­rich emi­rate’s global am­bi­tions.

“Da Vinci’s Sal­va­tor Mundi is com­ing to #Lou­vreAbuDhabi,” the mu­seum said on Twit­ter in Ara­bic, English and French.

The post dis­played an im­age of the 500-year-old work but did not iden­tify its owner.

Auc­tion house Christie’s has also stead­fastly de­clined to iden­tify the buyer, whose pur­chase in New York stunned the art world.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions,” Christie’s said in a tweeted re­ply.

The New York Times iden­ti­fied the buyer as Ab­dul­lah bin Mo­hammed bin Farhan al-Saud. – AFP

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