Do you know which is the priciest painting ever sold? Yes! It’s Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ (Saviour of the world). And, this one was sold to a Saudi Prince. This is what we know of the whereabouts of the valuable painting. But, when the Louvre Abu Dhabi failed to display it in September 2018 as promised, people became doubtful.
Now, some believe that this piece of art is missing.
In fact, what makes it even more mysterious is that this painting has disappeared one more time in its history.
Leonardo painted the Salvator Mundi back in 1500 AD. Also, the painting has been under the ownership of many rulers like King Louis XII and King Charles I & II. Salvator Mundi disappeared in 1763 and mysteriously reappeared in 1900 when it was bought by a British collector, Francis Cook, 1st Viscount of Monserrate. And, that’s more than 100 years. In fact, this painting of Leonardo da Vinci must have a lot of secrets to tell the world.
Again, in 2005 the painting was acquired by some art dealers. The painting was a mess then and was heavily damaged. Consequently, it took some years for its restoration.
Much later, in 2017, Salvator Mundi got sold for the record price of $450.3 million.
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Source credits: The Indian Express, www.theepochtimes.com, Wikipedia