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Abu Dhabi authorities revealed as buyers of $450m 'Leonardo painting'

Abu Dhabi authorities revealed as buyers of $450m 'Leonardo painting'
From BBC - December 8, 2017

Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism has confirmed that it bought the $450m Salvator Mundi painting for the state's new Louvre gallery.

The 500-year-old painting of Christ is believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

There had been media reports that it had been bought by a Saudi prince.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum said it was "looking forward to displaying" the painting, which recently fetched the record price at auction in New York.

Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World)'s $450m (341m) price made it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

At the time of the sale in November, the buyer was unidentified and was involved in a bidding contest, via telephone, that lasted nearly 20 minutes.

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