Louvre Abu Dhabi acquires Dhs1.65 billion Leonardo Da Vinci painting
Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' has a new home
The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in November was one of the biggest events of this year and the long-awaited addition to the region's art scene did not disappoint. Garnering international acclaim for its sophisticated curation and outstanding design, the museum has fast become a must-visit destination in the emirate.
Now, the museum is set to acquire another incredible piece that is sure to delight visitors. Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of Christ, titled 'Salvator Mundi', was recently sold at an auction for a staggering Dhs1.65 billion ($450 million) and will be housed in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The museum announced the news in a tweet overnight.
The painting was sold at a Christie's auction in New York in November and set a new record for the highest sale price ever recorded at an auction, according to Gulf News. The painting is one of less than 20 paintings by the famed artist and is thought to be the only one owned by a private buyer.
Whilst there's no word yet on when it will arrive at the museum, it has been announced that National Geographic Abu Dhabi will air a 44-minute documentary on the museum that looks at its design and the overall process of making the long-awaited dream a reality. The documentary is set to air on December 26.
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