Leonardo "the Savior of the world" bought by Arab Prince
ARTinvestment.RU   07 декабря 2017

There is a lot of mystery. The most expensive auction in the world painting history and painting with the main story of Christianity has bought the Saudi Prince for the UAE branch of the French Louvre

Until recently, few people in the world heard anything-то of Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al Saud (further for short we will call it simply the Prince Bader). But now is the name on everyone's lips. After all, the Prince Bader, one of the 5,000 princes in Saudi Arabia, is the man who volunteered to pay $450,3 million for the painting "Salavator Mundi" — "Savior of the world" — authorship of Leonardo da Vinci. This is with reference to the available documents The New York Times reported.

Such passion for the art before the Prince Bader was not observed, in the list of famous collectors from the Arabian Peninsula (Sheikh al-Маясса from Qatar and others), he never was. As, however, and in the list of the principal Arabian rich. But the fact remains: he was traded for Leonardo to $400 million ($450.3 million, taking into account the Buyer's Premiun fee). Newspaper the NYT spent the whole investigation as to who this Prince, and this is what came out.

even Though the Prince Bader is the current ruling dynasty of the Saudis very distant relative (his dynasty Farhana comes from the brother of the ruler of Saudi Arabia in the eighteenth century), but the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ibn Salman al Saud he is the same age and a classmate. Both graduated from the University of king Saud in er-Рияде — perhaps how they met. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in fact, is now the main ruler of the country with its 81-летнем father, king Salman. And the Prince Bader when Muhammad led the company Saudi Research and Marketing Group, which publishes the main government newspaper, and directs the Commission for the development of promising in terms of tourism of the province of al Ola. Yet Bader business related to waste management, the Board membership of energy companies, etc., etc., the Auction house Christie's as its main source of income, he called the estate.

By a strange coincidence, record-breaking purchase of "Savior of the world" occurred almost simultaneously with the beginning of the anti-corruption campaign of crown Prince Muhammad. Since the beginning of November this year, a series of arrests of eleven princes and several former Ministers. But only in the crimes connected with corruption, is about 200 people — entirely of high-ranking officials, businessmen and princes. And in these circumstances there is Prince Bader who traded up to $450 million for a painting by Western artist, and even on the Christian story, which in itself is an affront to the way of life of the Muslim countries of the Arabian Peninsula.

But will leave the most expensive painting in the world home to the Prince Bader. And not even in Saudi Arabia. But her first home will be the newly-opened Louvre branch in Abu-Даби. The New York Times explains that good relations between the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. But this will happen only after the purchase will be paid. So far all the record amount to the auction housenot paid. Due to unforeseen price increase in the course of the auction an agreement was signed according to which the amount will be divided into six parts, the buyer will be required to pay for six months — until may 2018.

Sources: nytimes.com, artinvestment.ru

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