The Jesus-painting in november 2017 was auctioned for 450 million dollars (approximately 397 million euro) at Christie's in New York. This was according to the auction house the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. Christie's later became known that the anonymous buyer, a Saudi prince, Bader bin Abdullah, a confidant of the controversial crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. He would actually have bought on behalf of Bin Salman, who has no attention to wanted to attract with the extravagant purchase.Read also the Saudi crown prince bought the "Salvator Mundi" of Leonardo da Vinci No comment
The friendly oliestaatje Abu Dhabi announced shortly afterwards that their brand new museum, the work should be exhibited from september 2018. The Golfstaat, which is a billion euro to France, paid to the name of the Louvre in Paris, exclaimed with joy that the exhibition of the Salvator Mundi of their ‘gift to humanity’ would be. But without explanation, the exposition is cancelled, for an indefinite period of time. And still, the work in no fields or roads in sight.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi refuses any comment. Museum staff say, no idea where the piece is. Also the Louvre in Paris gropes in the dark, while the museum's work yearns to borrow for an exhibition this autumn, around the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The French government, owner of the Louvre museum, hopes that the painting on time is found.“Unfair”
Da Vinci experts now save in The New York Times alarm. Art historian Martin Kemp, who is the Salvator Mundi studied, calls it the religious version of the Mona Lisa. “It is unfair to lovers of art, a masterpiece of such class to deny,’ says Dianne Modestini, a professor at the New York Institute for the Visual Arts. They have the painting restored. the
With the question marks are also the speculations. Is crown prince Mohammed bin Salman simply changed his mind and he wants the painting for himself? And, a more outstanding theory, it is really a painting of Da Vinci? the