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The Most exciting news of the day — a message to The New York Times, employees of branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi do not know where is bought at auction by the Department of culture and tourism UAE the painting "the Saviour of the world" (Salvator Mundi), which paid $450 million.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
September 2018, the picture should be exhibited in the exhibition Louvre Abu Dhabi, but then this decision was cancelled "without explanation".
In the publication the New York Times States that in the Department of culture and tourism Abu Dhabi refuse to clarify the situation, but the staff of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi behind the scenes report that I do not know where is the canvas. The article notes that this information was confirmed by persons knowledgeable about the consultations between representatives of the Louvre in Paris and its branch in Abu Dhabi.
the Louvre Branch in Abu Dhabi was opened to the public in November 2018. There are about 600 works of art, many of which are borrowed, including thirteen of the French museums — the Louvre, Pompidou Centre, Versailles and others.
the Painting "the Saviour of the world" was sold in November 2017 at Christie's auction in new York. The auction was put out by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, which in 2013 purchased the painting for $127,5 million from a Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier. Earlier Rybolovlev accused Bouvier in fraudulent sales of works of art — Swiss according to Rybolovlev deceived him, shamelessly inflating the price to sell them paintings. In order to somehow repair the damage, Rybolovlev turned to the auction house Christie's, offering to sell the painting. Due to the poor condition of the paint layer, the work was estimated "only" $100 million, but the auction had a brilliant PR campaign in order to make this lot an unprecedented value. On pre-sale exhibition in new York had to defend the hour-long queue to see the picture. Touching video was filmed with the aching heart with music, where the canvas was considered a celebrity:
the Auction presented a "Savior of the world" as the last work of the great Leonardo in private hands. The situation was heated so that 15 November 2017 step of the auction made $40 million! Twenty minutes later, the painting was sold for 450 312 $ 500 (including Commission) and became the most expensive piece of art in world history.
great result of the work of the auctioneers — they were able to raise the cost of the work four times. And this despite the fact that still among specialists there is no consensus about the authorship of Leonardo, and the work is evaluated by critics as a rather mediocre for the High Renaissance period.
Immediately after the auction has reported that the new owner of the "Savior of the world" has become Saudi Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al Saud. Later, representatives of Christie's said the painting was sold to the Department of culture and tourism of Abu Dhabi.
And now the world's most expensive work of art as if she disappeared into the Sands of Arabia. And no one knows nothing about it. It is so beautiful that takes your breath away.
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