Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi
Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi became the world’s most expensive painting when it sold at Christie’s New York earlier this month where it fetched a premium-inclusive $450m.

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The announcement follows the auction at Christie’s New York last month where the painting fetched a premium-inclusive $450m, the highest sum ever bid for a work of art.

The museum was inaugurated only the week before the auction and is believed to have cost a combined figure of over $1bn to build and secure usage of the Louvre name. 

It has not yet been confirmed that The Louvre Abu Dhabi or the wealthy Abu Dhabi Emiri family actually bought the painting at the auction, but a post on Christie’s own Twitter feed read: “Congratulations — the Salvator Mundi is going to its new home the  @LouvreAbuDhabi”.

The New York Times has reported that the picture was bought by Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, citing documents provided from inside Saudi Arabia that the newspaper had reviewed.