Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is Going to the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The iconic painting

The iconic painting"Salvator Mundi" is one of fewer than 20 paintings generally accepted as being from Leonardo Da Vinci's own hand

According to documents provided to the auction house and reviewed by The New York Times, Prince Bader listed that his fortune comes from "real estate".

The revelation came shortly after the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi tweeted that the Salvator Mundi would soon be coming to the museum. Salvator Mundi features an image of Christ wearing a Renaissance-inspired robe. It is one of fewer than 20 authenticated da Vinci paintings in existence. It is also the only one in private hands.

The New York Times reported that the victor of the sale at Christie's on November 15 was a Saudi prince, Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, citing documents provided to the newspaper from inside Saudi Arabia.

The auction house said that the masterpiece would bend steps towards the museum in Abu Dhabi, without specifying whether the museum became a buyer of the picture.

Ever since the sale at Christie's, the identity of the buyer has been the most sought-after secret in the art world and beyond.

"We are delighted that the work will again be on public view", a Christie's spokesperson said of the record-setting painting.

The painting is now heading to the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum to go on display. It is the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France

Prince Mohammed also put Prince Bader in charge of governing a commission overseeing the development of Al Ola, which contains an important archaeological site.

The first works on loan from the Louvre in Paris include another painting by Da Vinci: La Belle Ferronniere, one of his portraits of women. King Charles I of England used to be the owner of the painting before it disappeared for a long period of time.

New York-based art collector and da Vinci expert Robert Simon and art dealer Alexander Parish found the painting in Louisiana in 2005 and purchased it for $10,000.

Its latest sale was initiated by Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, the boss of football club AS Monaco.

In 2013, a consortium of dealers including Simon, Parish and Warren Adelson sold "Salvator Mundi" for $80 million to a company owned by a Swiss businessman and art dealer Yves Bouvier, Bloomberg reported.

People gather around Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" at Christie's auction rooms in London on October 24. Prior to the Saudi Prince's purchase, the artwork was also displayed in Hong Kong, London, and San Francisco.

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