Yours selling for a price record of $ 450 million, Salvator Mundi's whereabouts, which would have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci, became one of the largest mysteries of the art world.
But on Monday, June 10, 2019, the salesman of art based in London, Kenny Schachter, delivered some answers on the site Artnews: the painting is in the gigantic yacht the heir to the Saudi crown, Prince Mohamed bin Salman.
Yours record sales in 2017 in Christie's, painting – in which Christ emerges from darkness blessing the world with one hand while holding a transparent sphere with the other – has never been publicly displayed, which generated doubts about its owner, location and authenticity.
In the beginning, the Wall Street Journal reported that the painting was bought by the Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah, who acted on behalf of the heir to the crown, known by its initials MBS.
Riad never confirmed or denied the report.
AFP was unable to corroborate Schachter's column, which, blinking in the opaque nature of international art sales, wrote: "In the murky waters of middle EastNothing is crystal clear. "
But citing several sources, including two selling, Schachter assures that the painting "was taken in the middle of the night, in the airplane of MBS and moved to your yacht. "
Later, Schachter wrote that the work will remain aboard the huge yacht until it is reallocated in the city of The squid, that Saudi Arabia wants to become a destination of culture and tourism.