Louvre Abu Dhabi to Display World's Most Expensive Painting

World-record Da Vinci painting to be exhibited at Louvre Abu Dhabi

USA TODAY has reached out to Christie's for comment; meanwhile, said the auction house would not confirm whether the museum purchased the painting or someone else.

A Leonardo Da Vinci painting that sold for a record $450 million at auction is heading to the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi, according to the museum.

U.S. intelligence assessments seen by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal identified Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, as the buyer of the Renaissance artist's work.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is looking forward to displaying the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci.

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

Prince Bader is listed as a director of Houston-based Energy Holdings International, Inc.

The sale more than doubled the previous record of $179.4 million paid for Pablo Picasso's "The Women of Algiers (Version O)" in 2015, also in NY.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened on 8 November in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, who described it as a "bridge between civilisations".

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The island will also feature the Zayed National Museum, which had signed a loan deal with the British Museum - although the arrangement has come increasingly into question due to construction delays.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., says that a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that sold for $450 million at an auction in NY was purchased by a member of the royal family on behalf of a museum in the United Arab Emirates.

The museum opened with some 600 pieces including items from early Mesopotamia.

Christie's capitalised on the public's interest in Leonardo - considered one of the greatest artists of all time - with a media campaign that labelled the painting The Last Da Vinci.

"We own it", the official said.

Upon re-emerging at auction in 1958, it was dismissed as a copy and sold for just £45 ($60).

The painting's sale yielded some $450 million, thrice the price of $127.5 million that Rybovlev paid in 2013. The painting was subsequently acquired by a group of art dealers for less than $10,000 in 2005.

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