Mas­ter­piece for Lou­vre Abu Dhabi

Da Vinci’s Sal­va­tor Mundi fetched $450.3m, be­lieved to be the high­est price paid for a painting

Gulf News - - Front Page - ABU DHABI BY SAMIHAH ZA­MAN Staff Reporter

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.

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