The whereabouts of the painting, which several experts dispute is by the Italian master himself, has been a mystery since it was sold for $450m at an auction in NY in 2017. Christie's has declined to confirm that report. The painting was planned to be displayed at The Louvre Abu Dhabi last September but it never showed up as the exhibition was infinitely delayed. It went for $643 million dollars at auction and then it went missing.
It was revealed that the buyer was a little-known Saudi prince with no history as an art collector and no publicly declared source of wealth.
In 2017 a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece was sold for more money than any painting has ever been sold for.
Earlier this month, one of the world's leading experts on Leonardo criticised Christie's for wrongly suggesting in its cataloguing of the Salvator Mundi that she was among scholars who had attributed the picture to the Renaissance master.
What does Saudi ruler MBS - whose father is the custodian of the two holy mosques - wake up to see when he spends his night on his mega-yacht?