Saudi prince revealed as mystery buyer of the Salvator Mundi

News sent Twitter into a tizzy

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Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi Christie’s Images, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi Christie’s Images, 2017

Twitter was sent into a tizzy yesterday when Louvre Abu Dhabi revealed that Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi would soon be coming to the museum, reigniting speculation about who bought the record-breaking $450m painting at Christie’s New York last month. The New York Times solved the mystery last night when it identified the buyer as the little-known Saudi Arabian prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, a close associate of the newly installed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Read further updates on this story—and let us know what you think about where the work ended up—on theartnewspaper.com.

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