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Employees of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the UAE don’t know where is the picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s “the Savior of the world” — the most expensive work of art in history. This is with reference to the sources writes The New York Times (NYT).
The location of the work is unknown and workers of the Paris Louvre, which are in contact with colleagues from Abu Dhabi and French authorities.
Painting was supposed to exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in September last year, but then authorities of the capital of the UAE, for unknown reasons, postponed the show.
“The Savior of the world” went under the hammer in November 2017 for $ 400 million. The final transaction amount, taking into account all commissions, fees and taxes amounted to 450,3 million. Buyer, wrote the NYT, was made by the Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al Saud. The previous owner of the canvas was a Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.
The painting dates from about the year 1500. The first mention of the work belong to the collection of king Charles I of England (1600-1649). The next mention is in 1763, when the illegitimate son of count Carl of Buckingham Sheffield put a picture up for auction. Since then the painting has disappeared for nearly half a century, has not yet appeared in the collection of one of the richest men in England by Frederick cook. Then the experts took the product to the brush of one of the students of da Vinci.
In 2005, the picture of unknown authorship appeared at the regional auction in the United States, where it was sold less than 10 thousand dollars. Since then, canvas has been the focus of attention of specialists on the works of da Vinci. After the restoration work and the authenticity of the painting was auctioned at Christie’s.
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