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Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman is reportedly the true buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s $450.3m Painting

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Crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman has been revealed as the true buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” the New York Times reveals.

The painting, sold for a record breaking $450.3 million, was made by da Vinci back in the 1500s and depicts Jesus in a Renaissance dress with his fingers on his right hand crossed.

New York Times revealed that the painting was paid for through an agent, Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, and many believe that Prince bin Salman, friends with Prince Bader, funded the bid.

The purchase was the highest in the world, beating the previous record for an art sale at auction which was held by a painting by Picasso bought for $179.4 million.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi

The purchase by the Saudi prince is ironic for two reasons: he recently ordered the arrest of several of the kingdom’s richest people for charges on corruption, holding them at the Ritz-Carlton as there are no prisons for the royal family.

Also, the painting depicts Jesus as the “savior of the world and master of the cosmos,” (with his right hand raised in benediction and his left holding a transparent rock crystal orb), a belief that contradicts with Islam’s view of Jesus being a prophet.

The Art Newspaper also revealed that Salvator Mundi will be loaned to the newly-opened Louvre in Abu-Dhabi.

The crowned princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are close, and the loan is seen as a deal that will strengthen their ties.

Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images/The Art Newspaper

14 Comments

  1. Tessa Doghor

    December 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I pray that salvation comes to him and his household in Jesus name, amen

    • Timb

      December 8, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Why do you think he needs salvation?

      I pray that common sense comes to you and your household in God’s mighty name. Amen

    • Really!!!!

      December 8, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Gosh you sound so ignorant

    • Lilo

      December 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Ain’t that some sheeat when a peasant is praying for the salvation of one of the wealthiest people alive. You sef, is your salvation confirmed? Some of you sha when this rapture comes and you meet Mohammed at the gave to heaven, the thing wil go skrrrrrrrrraaaaa pa . Sick of Christian’s always looking down on others as if only they have he salvation formula

  2. Cutieylicious

    December 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Cant these ppl jst dash me 1m dollars only?

    • Tolu

      December 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      No, we cannot dash 1milion dollar only…ole…lol

  3. Moniker

    December 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Why na? A whole country and more.

  4. Anon

    December 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Isn’t he the one who recently rounded up his relatives for corruption? Anyway, two years ago he bought a yacht for 500 million euros. An endless tap…

    • bitte

      December 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      yeah he is the one..money no be problem, in sarkodie´s voice

    • Lilo

      December 8, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      You know this is rich people problems when they only place to incarcerate them is the ritz Carlton. Now that’s something ????

  5. wifematerial

    December 9, 2017 at 12:33 am

    yeah he just made da Vinci rich again in his grave!!!!!!!!! That person in the photo is not Christ……………..It changes nothing about whoevr any choose to believe, as for me and my household we serve the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy holiday ya’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. wifematerial

    December 9, 2017 at 12:33 am

    yeah he just made da Vinci rich again in his grave!!!!!!!!! That person in the photo is not Christ……………..It changes nothing about whoevr anyone choose to believe, as for me and my household we serve the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy holiday ya’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. aj

    December 9, 2017 at 1:04 am

    The gag is Christ looks nothing like that in reality!

  8. leigh

    December 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Is that what Jesus looks like? Thinking out loud ….interesting

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