The fate of Salvator Mundi (Leonardo da Vinci)

Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” is a popular painting and its popularity can be understood from the fact that bidding on this painting hit $200 million at one point in time in an auction. When the bidding touched the $200 million mark then there was a gasp that was audible in the auction room. When the bidding mark touched the $300 million mark then the onlookers broke into applause.

A dramatic moment in recent art history is when Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” painting was sold for $450.3 million. Painting enthusiasts in New York had witnessed one of the spectacular moments when a painting by Leonardo da Vinci got so many bids during auction. In this context, it may look extremely funny to understand that this painting got dismissed as a copy at some point in time and was sold for a paltry £45 which was only $57 way back in the 1950s. This painting features Jesus Christ as many painting enthusiasts believe. In contemporary times, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” had become the priciest artwork ever to appear at an auction.

What’s Special About the Painting

“Salvator Mundi” was missing from public glare for a long period. It was reported that the painting was last seen on the evening of November 2017. The whereabouts of the painting became a source of speculation post the Louvre Abu Dhabi which announced that it would showcase the painting but then postponed the grand unveiling of the painting without citing reasons.

This is a 500-year-old artwork and was resting in Switzerland, particularly in Geneva. According to media reports, more than a million works of art are kept secretly in warehouses by galleries and collectors. Last week according to an art enthusiast Kenny Schachter, the painting was sighted on a luxury yacht that is owned by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman.

It is understood that the record-breaking bid was made by a friend of Mohammad Bin Salman. However, later it was understood that the friend of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince acted on the behest of Abu Dhabi’s department of culture and tourism. However, Mohammad Bin Salman also known as MBS has never publicly denied or confirmed his role in the purchase of the painting.

“Salvator Mundi” an Artworld mystery

There is increasing speculation among art enthusiasts that the Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” is either on a yacht or a Geneva lock-up. However, it is believed that neither the yacht nor the Geneva lock-up is considered a safe environment to hang-up the picture.

Art enthusiast Dianne Modestini told CNN that about a year post-auction of the “Salvator Mundi” she was approached by a Swiss restorer. Then, the Swiss restorer was looking for advice on how to transport the fragile piece of art safely to France. Later, the painting was declared “transported to Louvre in Paris”.

Though the painting was declared “transported to Louvre in Paris”, yet the painting never arrived. The museum later confirmed to CNN that the government of Abu Dhabi had not responded to the request of investing in the artwork.

Later, upon investigations, it was concluded that the painting “Salvator Mundi” was not transported at all. It was later understood after talks with the Swiss conservator that the planned transportation of the painting was canceled.

From this, it is quite lucid that the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci was auctioned and was not transported to Louvre in Paris as such transportation was canceled. For added information on “Salvator Mundi” visit pertinent online resources.