The Salvator Mundi , the most expensive in the world, voguerait it on the yacht of the crown prince of saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman? According to the Wall Street Journal , the purchaser of the painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci would, in fact, the saudi prince Badr bin Abdallah. It would be acting in the name of the powerful crown prince of saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, which has never confirmed or denied.
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Kenny Schachter, an art collector and art dealer based in London, has confirmed yesterday this hypothesis on the Artnet web site, devoted to the market of the item “Apparently, the work was embedded in the middle of the night in the plane of SGM and installed on his yacht, the Serene,” he wrote, citing several sources, two of which are involved in the transaction. “The painting had been found in tatters – divided into five parts, it had to be reattached during restoration (…). What harm could well make him a splash of salt water?”, quips-he in his forum.
For the specialist, the table will remain at sea pending that saudi Arabia is able to transform the region of Al-Ula in cultural site attracting international tourists. In the beginning of the year, a group of international musicians there are already products, in an auditorium in the glass erected in the middle of the ruins of the pre-islamic of this desert area of the north-west of saudi arabia.
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The Salvator Mundi , attributed to the master of the Renaissance, was acquired for $ 450 million during an auction organized in November 2017 by the house Christie’s, smashing all records in the art market Since, the table of 65 cm to 45, where Christ emerges from the darkness, blessing of a hand the world while holding a globe transparent in the other, has never been shown in public, raising questions about its buyer, its location and even its authenticity.
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Some experts have felt that it could have been done by the disciples of Leonardo da Vinci and not by the master himself. Carmen Bambach, curator in the Metropolitan Museum in New York city and expert of the Italian genius, has denied that him have assigned the authorship of the work. Officially, it was acquired to complement the collection of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.