Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi", the world's most expensive painting, is headed to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, it has been revealed.
The announcement follows the auction at Christie's NY last month where the painting fetched a premium-inclusive $450m, the highest sum ever bid for a work of art.
A spokeswoman for Christie's offered her congratulations to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, telling CNN that she was "delighted that the piece is going to be on view in public".
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It was bought by Saudi Arabian Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud at auction in London last month, the New York Times has revealed. Christie's declined to comment on the report.
But "Salvator Mundi" is set to be the museum's biggest attraction.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi - a franchise of the Paris original - is a symbol of the oil-rich sheikhdom's drive to boost its "soft power" credentials.
The mystery is still evident with some rumours flying around since the work of art was sold in November.
The organization behind the museum became one of the most aggressive buyers on the global art market over the last decade. The new museum now houses a permanent collection of 600 artworks, with a further 300 on loan from Paris - among them another Leonardo painting, "La Belle Ferronnière".
The museum's opening has also coincided with a period of heightened political tension in the Gulf and the broader Middle East. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are close allies.
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Depicting a half-length, front-facing Christ figure grasping a crystal orb in one hand, with the other raised in a gesture of benediction, the work was put up for sale by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who had purchased it in 2013.
"We are pleased that the picture will be exhibited again", said Christie's spokesperson.
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. The painting "Savior of the world" the crowned representative of the Arab countries bought at auction in the U.S. for $ 450 million. The result obliterated previous world records for an art sale of any kind, including the auction high of $179.4 million for a Pablo Picasso painting sold in 2015.