Purchaser of da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi revealed — sort of

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, the last privately held da Vinci painting in the world, was auctioned at Christie’s New York on Nov. 15, 2017 for $450.3 million. It is reportedly to be displayed in the collection of The Louvre Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017

NEW YORK – Bloomberg News is reporting that Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece titled Salvator Mundi, which sold last month at Christie’s for $450.3 million, is headed for The Louvre Abu Dhabi.

An article published today on Bloomberg’s website states that the Abu Dhabi museum sent out a tweet saying, “Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi.”

The Bloomberg report says Christie’s confirmed that the artwork was “going to the museum,” but declined to identify the museum as the actual purchaser.

Salvator Mundi was the last da Vinci artwork in private hands and now holds the record for the highest-priced painting [or artwork of any type] ever sold at auction. Its previous owner, who consigned it to Christie’s Nov. 15 auction, was Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. He purchased it in 2013 for $127.5 million.

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