Leonardo's Salvator Mundi heads to The Louvre Abu Dhabi

Salvator Mundi Leonardo da Vinci

The painting is expected to arrive at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, a museum in the United Arab Emirates.

Dating back to approximately 1500, "Salvator Mundi" smashed auction records when it went under the hammer at Christie's NY last month.

Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi", the world's most expensive painting, is headed to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, it has been revealed.

The mystery buyer for the iconic painting titled "Salvator Mundi" that was sold last month at auction house Christie's in New York is Saudi royal Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, according to the New York Times.

Bader bin Abdullah was identified in documents reviewed by the New York Times as the buyer of the painting, which was sold at Christie's in New York on November 15.

The painting is now heading to the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum (above) to go on display.

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Ever since the sale at Christie's, the identity of the buyer has been the most sought-after secret in the art world and beyond.

The newspaper said that the work will be lent or resold to museums, largely in the Middle East and Asia. To differentiate itself from neighboring Dubai, Abu Dhabi is targeting affluent tourists looking for culture and art and it has also built hotels, theme parks and malls. By this time, its authorship by Leonardo, origins and illustrious royal history had been forgotten, and Christ's face and hair were overpainted. It opened last month with more than 600 artworks for its permanent collection, including such Old Master paintings as Giovanni Bellini's "Madonna and Child".

Prince Badar's purchase of the image of Christ comes at a time when elite Saudi's are highly concerned about an ongoing "purge" of influential national figures at the bequest of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.

The museum tweeted that "Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi", which was confirmed by Christie's, the auction house that handled the sale of the painting.

"We are delighted that the work will again be on public view", a Christie's spokesperson said of the record-setting painting. The painting "Savior of the world" the crowned representative of the Arab countries bought at auction in the U.S. for $ 450 million. He sued the vendor who brokered the deal for overcharging him, and now he has just sold it for $450.3 million.

The first works on loan from the Louvre in Paris include another painting by Da Vinci - 'La Belle Ferronniere, ' one of his portraits of women.

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