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Leonardo da Vinci painting mystery solved


Posted on Tuesday, 11 June, 2019 | Comment icon 6 comments

The painting sold for a record-breaking sum. Image Credit: Public Domain
The world's most expensive painting - Salvator Mundi - mysteriously disappeared shortly after being sold.
Otherwise known as 'Saviour of the World', the painting, which depicts Christ, made waves in the art world recently when it sold for $460 million at auction - making it the most valuable painting in history.

Incredibly, it originally sold in the 1950s for a mere $45 because it was believed to be a copy.

The painting was purchased in 2017 by Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism in the United Arab Emirates, however since changing hands its precise whereabouts have remained unclear.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi had been set to unveil the painting in 2018, however the event was canceled without explanation and when the Louvre in Paris made a request earlier this year to borrow the painting for a Da Vinci exhibition it received no response whatsoever.

The mystery lead to speculation and doubt over the authenticity of the piece.

Now though, art journalist Kenny Schachter has finally been able to put the matter to rest by revealing that the priceless painting is actually located on the $565 million superyacht Serene.

It is reportedly being stored there until a new multi-billion dollar gallery in Saudi Arabia opens.

At several times the size of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, it will be the country's own "art Disneyland".

Source: Independent | Comments (6)

Tags: Leonardo da Vinci

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 on 11 June, 2019, 16:38
I wonder how many Christians are just so angry that some super-rich non-Christians have the most expensive Jesus painting. Personally, I don't care who 'owns' it, as long as it's on display in a museum. I'd prefer a museum in Europe, I'll admit...But still, a museum is a museum. Get it off that damn yacht. Let the Louvre in Paris borrow it until its permanent home is ready. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 11 June, 2019, 19:06
I can't believe someone would keep a treasure like that on boat.  Those have to be kept in a controlled environment.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 on 11 June, 2019, 19:40
Super yachts are incredibly controlled environments, I'd guess, lol. I get what you're saying though. That's one reason why I think it should be lent to another museum while it waits for its display space to be built.
Comment icon #4 Posted by The Wistman on 11 June, 2019, 21:19
I've read the supporting materials that the reference article by Kenny Schachter is based on.  Very sensationalized and murky.  Additionally, the one person whose opinion on these assertions is vital to the story, Martin Kemp of Oxford, is glaringly missing from all the attendant citations.  Until we actually see the painting, I for one am skeptical of claims such as these, which are illusory and have been raised before.
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam on 11 June, 2019, 21:25
Saudi Arabia? And what do they want with a portait of a christian ? They have far too much money, the quicker we get all electric cars the better.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Artaxerxes on 12 June, 2019, 23:52
We don't have a clue what Jesus looked like so whomever that painting is? It isn't Jesus Christ. For one thing Jesus was a first century Jew, a man of Semitic descent, probably with black curly hair, bronze skin, short, and definitely not European looking. https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/8spvuz/this_is_what_has_been_depicted_for_jesus_to/


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