The famous painting “Salvator Mundi” which in Latin means “Savior of the world” is one of almost 20 paintings created by Da Vinci that are known to exist and the only one that is privately owned.
The mysterious buyer of the painting “The Savior of the World” by Leonardo da Vinci, sold for a record of $ 380 million, making it the most expensive piece of art of that kind in the world, is Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Farhan al-Saud.
Until now, this prince, a further member of the royal family, was not known as a collector of paintings or other works of art either, nor does he know anything about his wealth, according to New York Times.
The purchase of this artwork, which is not Islamic because it is the painting of Jesus Christ, finds its roots in representatives of the Saudi elite, including a young prince, who are trying to hide from corruption charges.
Also, the Saudi prince could provoke the anger of his fellow countrymen because he gave so much money for the Christian painting.
Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Farhan al-Saud was appointed to the leadership positions in Saudi Arabia, including the main board of a large energy company Energy Holding International. He is also in charge of introducing an optical network into the ground.
This artwork was sold by Christie’s auction house which did not immediately announce the name of the buyer.
The guaranteed price of the famous painting “Salvator Mundi” at auction was at least 85 million euros, and the bidding was opened at $75 million (63,661,828 euros) and lasted for 19 minutes.
The 66-centimeter painting dates back to about 1,500. This is the painting of Jesus Christ dressed in a Renaissance style, who is giving blesses with his raised right hand, while in the left hand he is holding a crystal ball.