Attendants last month at a New York City art sale gasped after an anonymous buyer put up a baffling $450.3 million for Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" - making it the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.
The work - known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) - was sold in NY for a record $450m (£341m).
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Salvator Mundi - the painting depicting Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci recently auctioned for a record $450m - is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the new museum.
Bader bin Abdullah was identified in documents reviewed by the New York Times as the buyer of the painting, which was sold at Christie's in New York on November 15. Christie's declined to say whether the museum bought the painting.
Featuring a vast silver-toned dome, the Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, drawing inspiration from Arab design and evoking both an open desert and the sea.
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.
The work - entitled "Salvator Mundi", sold on Wednesday, was painted five centuries ago and is the only painting by the Italian Renaissance polymath to be privately held, Efe news reported. The Louvre is planning a blockbuster da Vinci exhibition for 2019, but the loans for it have not been made public.
He had bought the painting in 2013 for $127.5 million although he later accused a Swiss art dealer of overcharging him.