Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bought DaVinci’s ‘Christ’
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince is the buyer of the Leonardo Da Vinci painting of Christ that sold last month for a record $450-M.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32 anni, bought the painting using a distant relative as a “proxy,” according to a source in the US government intelligence community and a Saudi art-world figure familiar with the purchase.
The Crown Prince used Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud to handle the acquisition. But Prince Mohammed is identified as the painting’s buyer in US intelligence reports.
Christie’s, the auction house that sold the painting, disclosed that the Da Vinci will be going to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
In a Tweet yesterday, the museum confirmed that it’s getting the painting.
Christie’s has declined to comment on the buyer.
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