The most expensive work of art ever sold at an auction, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, will be exhibited at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, writes BBC News.
The Museum of the United Arab Emirates will become the new home of the 500-year-old painting that represents Jesus Christ’s portrait.
The leading board of the museum has already announced that Salvator Mundi’s is on the way to Dubai.
However, the Twitter post published on the museum’s official account does not say who is the person who actually purchased the painting during the auction held in November.
According to the press, the art piece was acquired by a Saudi prince who paid no less than 450 million dollars for it, the highest amount ever offered for such an object.
The mysterious buyer acquired the painting through a telephone call that lasted nearly 20 minutes.
The New York Times, however, wrote that Salvator Mundi was bought by Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud.
Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are less than 20 known paintings in the world signed by him.
The Jesus Christ portrait was painted in 1505 and is the only piece of art da Vinci apparently made for a private buyer.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum was opened earlier this month in the United Arab Emirates. Its construction cost over one billion euros and lasted 10 years.