Masterpiece for Louvre Abu Dhabi
Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi fetched $450.3m, believed to be the highest price paid for a painting
Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ was sold at auction for $450.3 million, the highest price for a painting |
ALeonardo da Vinci masterpiece recently sold for a record $450.3 million is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the newly opened museum has announced.
Salvator Mundi ,or Saviour of the World, dates back to about 1500, and was auctioned by Christie’s last month.
“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.
Details about when and how the Salvator Mundi will be brought to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and exhibited have not yet been revealed.
But it will not be the first Da Vinci painting to hang in the museum. Da Vinci’s mesmerising painting of a woman, La
Belle Ferronniere, already hangs in The World in Perspective gallery, on loan from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The announcement partially resolves the mystery over the painting’s sale last month in New York for $450.3 million (Dh1.65 billion), the highest price paid for a painting till date. Christie’s had declined to identify the buyer, only saying that it received bids from around the world. 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 New York.
Christie’s staff pose for pictures next to Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi painting in London on October 24.