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US News'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m'

04:50  11 june  2019
04:50  11 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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artwork – Leonardo da Vinci’ s masterpiece Salvator Mundi – has reportedly been installed on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’ s superyacht. The location of the painting has been a mystery since it was sold for a record 0m ( £ 350 m) at auction by Christie’ s in New York in 2017.

The crown prince ’ s supporters portray him as a reformer, but the campaign of extrajudicial arrests has been unprecedented for modern Saudi Arabia “ Salvator Mundi ” represented a major prestige purchase in the art world, if a controversial one. Some experts questioned whether the painting was a

'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m' © Getty A visitor takes a photo of the painting 'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York Auction House, November 15, 2017 in New York City. The most expensive painting ever sold at auction, which has baffled the art world by disappearing from view after its record-breaking purchase two years ago, is hanging in the £400m superyacht of the ruler of Saudi Arabia, it has been reported.

Salvator Mundi, a depiction of Christ as saviour of the world, was painted in the early 1500s in the workshop of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci - although whether it is truly all Leonardo's work is itself a hotly contested topic.

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A Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece , whose whereabouts has been a mystery since it sold in 2017 for a “ Salvator Mundi ” is being kept on superyacht Serene owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin The yacht ’ s location as of May 26 was in the Red Sea off Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort

Leonardo da Vinci’ s Salvator Mundi captured the world' s attention when it sold for $US450 million in 2017. Credit:AP. Salvator Mundi is being kept on superyacht Serene owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the publication reported Monday

The work broke all previous records at Christie's in New York in November 2017 when it was purchased by Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud for $450,300,000 including fees.

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Many at the time believed the Prince was acting on behalf of an even more senior member of the royal family: Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, de facto ruler of the kingdom and arguably the most powerful man in the Middle East.

And it is to Bin Salman's yacht, the enormous Serene - which has a crew of 50, a helipad, and a submarine hanger - that the painting has now been tracked down, according to an art expert writing in ArtNet News.

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Salvator Mundi (the saviour of the world), described by Christie’ s as the biggest discovery of the 21st century, depicts Jesus Christ holding a crystal There has been media speculation about whether Bin Abdullah had in fact been a proxy for Saudi Arabia’ s crown prince , Mohammed bin Salman, who is

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia had a historic meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Mohammad bin Salman is believed to have purchased Leonardo da Vinci’ s Salvator Mundi for a And in 2015 MBS reportedly bought a 440ft yacht from a Russian vodka tycoon for £ 360million

The specialist publication reported that multiple sources, 'including two principals involved in the transaction', said the work had been 'whisked away in the middle of the night on MBS's plane and relocated to his yacht'.

It is the latest chapter in a turbulent history for the painting.

'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Salvator Mundi, attributed variously to Leonardo da Vinci or to his studio, shows Christ his hand raised to perform the sign of the Cross, holding a celestial orb representing the heavens in his left hand Sixty years ago it swapped hands for £45 as an undistinguished work in a job lot of Old Masters which had been collected by an English baronet.

In 2005, New York art dealers Alexander Parrish and Robert Simon bought it for $10,000 at a Louisiana estate sale.

Mr Parrish and a consortium he assembled then paid for it to be restored, with the work carried out by a leading figure in the art world, Dianne Dwyer Modestini, from New York University's Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts.

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of the Saudi crown prince . After the painting was initially found in shards—it had split into five discrete pieces and had to be reattached during restoration Meanwhile, there are other telltale signs of Saudi Arabia’ s impending push into the world of art and entertainment. For one, they recently bought some

Salvator Mundi , the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France The painting was consigned to Christie’ s by Dmitry Rybolovlev, 50, a Russian fertiliser oligarch who has been Salvator Mundi painting by Leonardo Da Vinci before and after restoration.

Pre-restoration photographs show great white streaks running down the picture, and Christ with large patches of paint missing from his hair, chin, nose, forehead and left eye socket.

The painting has undergone extensive restoration in recent years, with its authorship repeatedly assessed and questioned until it was authenticated as a Leonardo in 2008 by a panel of art experts and sold for its record-breaking price tag in 2017.

'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The superyacht Serene is one of the most luxurious ships in the world. It has two helipads and a hangar for a submarine But even now questions remain as to the painting's provenance.

Few of the doubters think Salvator Mundi is a modern fake. The original picture was almost certainly painted in Leonardo's lifetime (1452-1519).

We know that the pigments of the oil paints are the same as those used by Leonardo. And it was painted on a walnut wood panel — a surface he favoured.

But those doubters think it may be a 'workshop Leonardo': that is to say, it was painted in his studio but by one of his assistants.

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A Leonardo Da Vinci painting that has been missing 2017 is reportedly on a yacht owned by Saudi “ Salvator Mundi ” is being kept on superyacht Serene owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin The yacht ’ s location as of May 26 was in the Red Sea off Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort

Leonardo da Vinci' s Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) was bought for 0 million ( £ 342 million) in New York on Wednesday evening, shattering the record You're viewing YouTube in Russian . You can change this preference below.

At best, the master may have added the odd detail, they say, but it certainly isn't an 'autograph' painting — all Leonardo's own work — and therefore the mammoth price tag isn't justified.

'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A Saudi prince bidding by phone bought the picture for $450m including fees, but it is believed he was acting on behalf of the Crown Prince Most damning may be a recent article which quoted the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Carmen Bambach saying she was wrongly referenced in Christie's catalogue as attributing the painting to the artist alone.

In fact Bambach stated that the work was mostly painted by 'Leonardo's assistant, Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio.'

Matthew Landrus, a Leonardo expert at Oxford University, suggests Salvatore Mundi is the work of da Vinci's assistant Bernardino Luini.

And a French expert, Jacques Franck, alleges that Louvre staff 'know that the Salvator Mundi isn't a Leonardo'.

'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Christie's unveiled Salvator Mundi as a Leonardo in October 2017 and it set a world record Whether painted by Leonardo, or created by his studio, the painting was destined to hang in the new 'branch' of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, as a gift of the Crown Prince to Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi.

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The Saudi crown prince , Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters. Leonardo da Vinci’ s Salvator Mundi sold for 0 million at Christie’ s (0.3m, including auction house premium).

He added: “There isn’t anyone else quite like Leonardo . He is a deity in art history. So it’ s not a great feat of the imagination to suppose that a Chinese plutocrat, having bought a Basquiat for Christies also found that the walnut panelling Salvator Mundi is painted on has “suffered worm infestation

It had also been pledged to hang in the Louvre in Paris later this year, as part of their grand exhibit planned for this autumn, which will borrow from the collections of museums and galleries around the world to bring Leonardo's works together to mark 500 years since his death in France.

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'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m'
But the art world was stunned when the unveiling in Abu Dhabi and the promise to Paris were both cancelled with no notice or explanation. The artwork seemingly vanished.

Now the revelation the painting - which shows Christ, right hand raised to make the sign of the cross, left hand holding a reflective glass sphere representing the heavens - is on MBS's yacht at least answers one mystery.

We may not know who painted it but we now know where it is: the Serene.

Mohammed bin Salman is understood to have bought the £400m boat on a whim from its previous owner, a Russian billionaire.

He  was said to be on holiday in the south of France when the 134-metre Serene took his fancy, and he bought it there and then making former owner Yuri Shefler move out the same day.

'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia pictured in the Oval Office in 2015 The monster yacht was once among the world's three biggest, according to Forbes, behind Chelsea FC owner Roman Obramovitch's 162.5m Eclipse and iron and steel tycoon Viktor Rashikov's 140-metre Ocean Victory.

Two years ago, the Serene was hired by Bill Gates and his family, who reportedly paid $5million a week to stay on board.

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Salvator Mundi is the most recent Leonardo to be discovered and unanimously agreed upon to be authentic by art historians and experts • Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for 0m at auction, smashing records View the video at Saudi prince ' s reported da Vinci purchase sign of cultural shift?

The breathtaking 0 million (including buyer' s premium) sale of Salvator Mundi generates headlines across the world, garlanding a superb week of sales in w You're viewing YouTube in Russian . The highlight was the extraordinary 19-minute bidding battle for Leonardo da Vinci’ s Salvator Mundi

It boasts 15 rooms, a nightclub, cinema, climbing wall, seawater swimming pool, library, health spa, underwater viewing room, gym and two hot tubs.

It also comes equipped with two helipads, a helicopter hangar, a submarine hangar and multiple swimming pools.

'Missing' £350million Leonardo masterpiece Salvator Mundi 'is on Saudi crown prince's yacht that he bought off Russian vodka tycoon for £400m' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Bin Salman is said to have bought the Serene on the spot from former owner, Stolichnaya vodka billionaire Yuri Shefler, pictured, who had to move out the same day Paul Ashton, editor of Super Yacht World, said: 'The interior is a closely guarded secret, as is often the case with the very private yachts at the top end.

'But it is the work of Reymond Langton, who are one of the most exclusive design teams in the world, so it will be breathtaking. Only a few people will know the true cost of the yacht.

'When you get to this size, the volumes are incredible – a 130-metre yacht is not just twice the price of a 65-metre, it's could easily be seven or eight times as much in cost terms, and probably very much more.

'A yacht like this is not really like anything else – a company or a football club and even property is there to make money - a big yacht will only cost money.'

A spokesman for Yacht Charter Fleet said: 'The spectacular Serene is one of the largest, most luxurious and best-equipped superyachts on the water let alone the charter market.'

It was custom built in 2011 by Fincantieri with design by Espen Oeino and the yacht's interior designed by Reymond Langton Design.

Although the exact details of the Serene's purchase have not been revealed, it has been previously reported by Forbes that the yacht had been sold to the Saudi royal family by Yuri Shefler, a billionaire who made his money through the Stolichnaya vodka brand.

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