$450m 'Da Vinci painting' heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Saudi prince is buyer of world's dearest painting, Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Alex Rotter, the auction house's co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art in the Americas, represented the anonymous buyer of the Da Vinci and placed the winning bid after a spellbinding 19-minute contest that saw offers at US$200 million, US$300 million and US$350 million fall short.

"Salvator Mundi", the painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a world record $450.3 million last month, will go on view at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Christie's representatives attempted to identify Prince Bader and his source of finances before the sale, after he gave a $100 million deposit to qualify for the auction, The Times said.

The New York Times reports according to documents it reviewed the mystery buyer was a little-known Saudi prince.

The newspaper said that the work will be lent or resold to museums, largely in the Middle East and Asia. The previous record was Pablo Picasso's Les Femmes d'Alger, which sold for $179 million.

The newly-opened museum made the announcement on Twitter, without specifying whether it had bought the painting at auction this month.

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The island will also feature the Zayed National Museum, which had signed a loan deal with the British Museum - although the arrangement has come increasingly into question due to construction delays.

It was the highest auction price for any work of art.

The first works on loan from the Louvre in Paris include another painting by Da Vinci: La Belle Ferronniere, one of his portraits of women.

It's one of fewer than 20 paintings by the Renaissance master known to exist and the only one in private hands.

The painting was sold again in 1958 for only 45 pounds ($60) and then was acquired in 2005, badly damaged and partly painted over, by a consortium of art dealers who paid less than $10,000.

Its latest sale was initiated by Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, the boss of football club AS Monaco.

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