On Monday, Artnet, an art industry news service, reported that the 500-year-old painting was being kept on Prince Mohammed's €500m (£440m) 134m yacht, Serene. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!
Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief for the Washington Post, highlighted that earlier Riyadh had "insisted" that a Da Vinci painting had been purchased for the Abu Dhabi Louvre. A recent article published on Guardian reports that Carmen Bambach from Metropolitan Museum of Art saying she was wrongly referenced in Christie's catalogue as attributing the painting to the artist alone. Then it went missing.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP The Saudi government's Center for International Communication didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Schachter later wrote that the painting will remain onboard the massive yacht until it is relocated to the Al-Ula governorate, which Saudi Arabia is aiming to transform into a culture and tourism destination.