December 13, 2017

MBS’s friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ (Alaraby)

MBS’s friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ (Alaraby)

A friend of Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was the mystery buyer of “Salvator Mundi,” a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million.

The New York Times on Wednesday, citing documents it reviewed, identified the buyer as Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, whose country forbids the official worship of Christ or any other religion except Islam.

The painting is now heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened to much hype last month, it was announced Wednesday.

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

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