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Mundi buyer was a Saudi prince

Mundi buyer was a Saudi prince

Prince Bader's responses were as shrouded as mystery as the painting itself: the money came from "real estate", and he was "just one of 5,000 princes" in Saudi Arabia.

Painted in oil on a wooden board measuring 18 by 26 inches, "Salvator Mundi" shows its subject gazing dreamily at the viewer, his right hand raised in benediction, while his left clutches a crystal orb.

A Saudi prince spent $450.3m on Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Jesus Christ at a NY auction last month and it will be exhibited at the new branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.

As it happens, Prince Bader is a friend and associate of the leader of the purge: the country's 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Bader bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, and Prince Abdullah bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz.

The mystery buyer for the iconic painting titled "Salvator Mundi" that was sold last month at auction house Christie's in New York is Saudi royal Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, according to the New York Times.

It is the first of three museums slated to open on the emirate's Saadiyat Island, with plans also in place for an edition of New York's Guggenheim.

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The stunning amount paid by a Saudi royal for a painting that some believe is not a genuine Da Vinci, like reports of Mohammed bin Salman's profilgacy on yachts and similar luxury items, casts in sharp doubt Riyadh's claims of cracking down on extravagence and corruption. But the Times investigation found that he certainly owns more than property.

In the crackdown, Prince Mohammed was looking to regain hundreds of billions of dollars in alleged illicit gains, according to the Times.

According to the website of a Saudi Arabian energy company, Energy Holdings International, Prince Bader was said to be "one of Saudi Arabia's youngest entrepreneurs".

The newspaper said that the work will be lent or resold to museums, largely in the Middle East and Asia.

He was appointed by Prince Mohammed as the governor of a newly formed commission to develop a tourist destination project led by Prince Mohammed.

Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi", or "Savior of the World", dating from around 1500.

He had bought the painting in 2013 for US$127.5 million, although he later accused a Swiss art dealer of overcharging him.


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