How the Mysterious Da Vinci Buyer Is Related to Saudi's Crown Prince

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” $450.3m bought by Saudi Prince Salman

The Louvre Abu Dhabi did not specify when the Salvator Mundi would go on show at the museum.

Prince Bader was also made the chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, which is controlled by the Salman branch of the royal family.

Finally, the splashy purchase came just as Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was leading a "sweeping crackdown against corruption and self-enrichment" among the country's elite, as the Times noted.

The painting disappeared several times over the course of history, most recently in 1958 when it was sold alongside the rest of the Cook Collection in London.

FILE PHOTO: "Salvator Mundi", an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500 by Leonardo da Vinci, is on display for the media at Christie's in New York, NY, U.S., October 10, 2017.

The museum, which opened less than a month ago in the United Arab Emirates, holds 600 works permanently and 300 loaned from France.

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.

Christie's sold it to an anonymous buyer last month, and said it did not comment on the identities of buyers or sellers without their permission. This can be linked to what he said to the lawyers of Christie regarding his financial sources.

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.

Featuring a vast silver-toned dome, the Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, drawing inspiration from Arab design and evoking both an open desert and the sea.

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. Under a 30-year agreement, France provides expertise, lends works of art and organizes exhibitions in return for one billion euros ($1.16 billion).

The painting is one of the few last artworks created by da Vinci that is known to exist.

Bidding was strong for the Leonardo da Vinci painting. It re-emerged in the 1950s, but was written off as a copy and sold for £45 or $60, according to CNN.

He had bought the painting in 2013 for $127.5 million although he later accused a Swiss art dealer of overcharging him.

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