Leonardo da Vinci painting mystery solved
By T.K. Randall
June 11, 2019 · 9 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".
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