Attendees last month at an art sale in New York City ran out of breath after an anonymous buyer showed disconcerting $ 450.3 million for "Salvator Mundi" by Leonardo da Vinci, making it the most expensive painting never sold in an auction.
the identity of the buyer remained unknown, but on Wednesday, records discovered by the New York Times eventually revealed that Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud was an affluent art fan.
Bader, a Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, coughed up the record sum for the hundred-year-old painting of Jesus Christ to hang it in the new open section of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi. It is the first purchase of high profile art of the mysterious prince.
The high price raises questions about who was targeted, and who was saved, from the Saudi regime's long-range offensive of corruption.
The mystery persists in the failure of da Vinci painting
Dozens of Saudi elites and even some members of the royal family have been imprisoned in luxury hotels in the country for several weeks in the midst of the ostensible crusade of the prince heir of Saudi Arabia against perceived self-enrichment in the conservative kingdom.
But it seems that Bader was left alone, and some speculate that it is because he is a close friend of Prince Mohammed.
Bader has spent large sums on several luxury items in recent years, including five hundred million dollars on a 440-foot yacht.
Bader made the record- last-minute offer for "Salvator Mundi" after 19 minutes of dueling with four other bidders at Christie's auction house in Manhattan on November 15.
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