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$450 mln da Vinci painting heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

$450 mln da Vinci painting heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

PanARMENIAN.Net - A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum has said, according to BBC.

The newly-opened museum , without specifying whether it had bought the painting at auction this month.

Media reports say it was purchased by a Saudi prince.

The work - known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) - was sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m).

It was the highest auction price for any work of art.

The unidentified buyer was involved in a bidding contest, via telephone, that lasted nearly 20 minutes.

The New York Times reported that it was bought by Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, citing documents the newspaper had reviewed.

Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence.

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