What is known about the man who bought the most expensive painting in the world
Buyer of most expensive paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “the Savior of the world” has become Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al Saud.
The Prince bought the painting at auction Christie’s for a record $ 450 million, writes The New York Times. Portrait of Jesus Christ brushes Da Vinci dates back to around the year 1500, and was previously owned by Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev. Museum “Louvre Abu Dhabi”, recently opened in the UAE capital, said on his Twitter page that the picture is “the Savior of the world” will now be exhibited in them.
Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/Zdstx6YFZG
— Louvre Abu Dhabi (@LouvreAbuDhabi) December 6, 2017
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What is known about the buyer
Bader’s not that big a collector of works of art, and even its financial capacity is virtually unknown, notes The New York Times. Representatives of the auction the little-known Prince explained that earns income from real estate operations.
Friendship with the crown Prince
First of all, Bader is known for being the supporter and friend of the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, who was nicknamed Mr. Everything. Shortly before the sale the “Savior of the world,” Mr. Everything launched a massive anti-corruption campaign: in early November, he was ordered to delay 11 the princes of Saudi Arabia on suspicion of corruption. In October, Mohammed bin Salman also announced the launch of the project NEOM — construction of innovative city in the desert for 500 billion dollars. In 2017, the crown Prince became the “Man of the year” Time according to readers who voted on the website.