Louvre Abu Dhabi Delays Display of Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

  • Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, c.1500, oil on walnut, 45.4 × 65.6 cm

    Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, c.1500, oil on walnut, 45.4 × 65.6 cm

    Louvre Abu Dhabi

In a surprise announcement, Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism says the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi"---the world's most expensive painting---will be indefinitely delayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The painting was sold for a record $450.3 million at a Christie's auction last November. The successful bidder is believed to be Saudi Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, a relative of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who had made the purchase on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism. 

"Salvator Mundi" is a portrait of Christ as "Savior of the World." It was scheduled to go on display at the nearly one-year-old Louvre Abu Dhabi, in United Arab Emirates, on Sept. 18.

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