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Da Vinci’s most expensive painting is aboard Saudi Crown Prince’s yacht

Leonardo Da Vinci's $450 million ‘Salvator Mundi’ is aboard Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s yacht.


Leonardo Da Vinci’s $450 million ‘Salvator Mundi’ whereabouts have been a mystery ever since it sold for a whopping amount of $450 million (£350m)in 2017. Reportedly the painting has surfaced and is at present aboard a superyacht belonging to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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As reported by a source to Artnet.com, “Salvator Mundi” is being kept on superyacht Serene owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The painting, whose authenticity has been a source of controversy, was whisked away in the middle of the night on MBS’s plane and relocated to his yacht, the Serene. Another Saudi prince was said to have purchased the 500-year-old painting on MBS’s behalf at a 2017 Christie’s auction, the New York Times reported previously. Christie’s declined to confirm that report.

Artnet said The yacht’s location as of May 26 was in the Red Sea off Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort town on the Sinai Peninsula, according to Bloomberg ship-tracking data. The Salvator Mundi will remain aboard the 440ft, €500m Serene until the Saudis create a planned cultural hub in the Kingdom’s Al-Ula region.

The Louvre in Paris museum had asked to borrow the work for an October exhibition. But that may not go ahead. As per an art historian, Displaying it as a “workshop” painting would decimate its value.

While the high seas may not be the best place for a fragile Renaissance painting, it is not uncommon for the super-wealthy to decorate their yachts with trophy art. Joe Lewis hung Francis Bacon’s “Triptych 1974 – 1977,” worth an estimated $70 million, on the lower deck of his yacht, the Aviva.

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