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Da Vinci's $450m Salvator Mundi painting to be seen in Louvre Abu Dhabi soon

File photo of the Da Vinci painting. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 07, 2017, 06.43 AM (IST)

The 500-year-old painting created by Leonardo da Vinci is reportedly going to be seen next in Louvre Abu Dhabi. 

The recently opened museum announced on Wednesday that the painting will be heading there, without indicating if they had purchased it in the auction which took place in New York. 

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Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ Salvator Mundi sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million last month at Christie's in New York - more than double the old mark for any work of art at auction.

Salvator Mundi was purchased by an unidentified buyer bidding via telephone after a protracted bidding war that stretched for nearly 20 minutes at the New York auction house.

Salvator Mundi, believed to have been painted sometime after 1505, is the only work thought to be in private hands.

The painting, only recently rediscovered and the last da Vinci left in private hands, fetched more than four times over the Christie's pre-sale estimate of about $100 million. It was more than twice the old auction record set by Picasso's Les Femmes D'Alger, which sold for $179.4 in May 2015.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi was opened on November 8, 2017, in UAE. 

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