Da Vinci's $450 Million Masterpiece Is Kept on Saudi Prince's Yacht: Artnet

Brenda Watkins
June 12, 2019

Another Saudi prince was said to have purchased the 500-year-old painting on MBS' behalf at a 2017 Christie's auction, the New York Times reported previously.

On Monday, London-based art dealer Kenny Schachter, writing for the website Artnews, offered answers: the painting now resides on the gargantuan yacht owned by powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

The "Salvator Mundi" (Latin for Saviour of the World), which has been at the centre of a storm of controversy over suggestions that it was painted by one of Leonardo's assistants and not the man himself, had been due to go on display at a Middle East outpost of Paris's Louvre gallery last September. A recent article published on Guardian reports that Carmen Bambach from Metropolitan Museum of Art saying she was wrongly referenced in Christie's catalogue as attributing the painting to the artist alone.

The painting's authenticity as a creation of Leonardo da Vinci has been brought into question.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP The Saudi government's Center for International Communication didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Where In the world is ' Salvator Mundi'?

"Salvator Mundi", whose provenance has been wondered, will remain aboard MBS' 439-foot Serene till the Saudis build a planned cultural hub in the Kingdom's Al-Ula dwelling, Artnet talked about.

As of May 26, the yacht was floating in the Red Sea off Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort town on the Sinai Peninsula, according to Bloomberg ship tracking data.

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