Set September 18 in your diaries, the most expensive painting in the world is being unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Salvator Mundi, the masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci, set the world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction when the hammer struck on $450.3 million last year at Christie’s.
You can thank Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism for obtaining the c. 1500 never before seen work of Da Vinci, and the first discovery since the last find in 1909. His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, said in a statement:
“It is an opportunity for Abu Dhabi’s residents and visitors from around the world to engage with a rare and iconic work of great cultural significance at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Lost and hidden for so long in private hands, Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece is now our gift to the world. It belongs to all of us, who will have the chance to stand before it, and bear witness to the mastery of one of the most significant artists in living history.”
Da Vinci remains an outstanding cultural icon and no doubt will attract even more visitors to the recently opened Louvre.