After the painting was sold for 401 million euros, in 2017, to a man that is considered to be a figurehead of the Saudi Crown Prince and of the Louvre of Abu Dhabi announcing that it would expose it after September,2018, something that never happened, no one knows where the Salvator Mundi is.
This is a story that involves deals, doubts about the authorship of a famous painting and a mysterious disappearance. The most expensive work of art ever to be sold at an auction is the subject of much debate as to whether or not it was painted by Leonardo da Vinci, but one thing is clear: Salvator Mundi is one of the most important and recognized works of art in the planet. A fame that did not prevent this painting of Jesus from becoming lost. This painting is described as "a kind of religious version of Mona Lisa."
The auction in November, 2017, caused surprise in the art world, not only for the amounts involved - 401 million euros - but also for the identity of the bidder: shortly after the auction, the New York Times revealed that the Salvator Mundi' s anonymous buyer was after all Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, a distant relation of the Saudi family, without wealth or curriculum as an art collector. But one thing Bader bin Abdullah was, says the NYT, is a close friend of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 33, known as MBS. The same man who is suspected of having ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
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