The painting "lost" by Leonardo da Vinci was found suspended in a yacht / Boing Boing


In 2017, Christies sold for $ 450 million the painting "Savator Mundi" by Leonardo da Vinci (or his studio, at least). The buyer was a Saudi prince and the Minister of Culture would have bought this object in the name of Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), crown prince of the country, as a gift. The lucky recipient would have been Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi to be exhibited at Louvre Abu Dhabi. But then, he disappeared. For two years, the location of Savator Mundi is unknown to the public. By Kenny Schachter on artnet:

You will not believe where I am told that painting is today. Apparently, the works were washed away in the middle of the night in the MBS plane and transferred to his yacht, the Serene.

… My sources say that it will stay on board until MBS finishes transforming the former Saudi Arabian compound of Al-Ula into a vast cultural center – essentially a Disneyland art – that will rival probably with the Louvre of Abu Dhabi and more significantly. The National Museum designed by Jean Nouvel in Qatar, the sworn enemy of the Saudi Crown Prince.

In the meantime, I'm sure the salty air will add a nice patina to the paint.

"Where in the world is 'Salvator Mundi'?" Kenny Schachter reveals the location of the lost Leonardo, $ 450 million " (Artnet)

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