Today, the most expensive painting in the world is considered the painting "Savior of the World" by the great Leonardo da Vinci, which went under the hammer at the auction for almost half a million dollars. In 2017, information appeared that the painting had disappeared, but later it became known that it was on the yacht of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and the yacht had been docked for a long time in the port of the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
It is worth noting that after the painting was bought by the Saudi prince, it has never been exhibited in public. There was information who the painting was sent to a special storage facility in Switzerland, but as a result it turned out that the painting was on the Serene ship, which belongs to the royal Saudi family.
According to competent sources, the "Savior of the World" was for a long time in a special storage on the yacht of bin Salman, which was moored first in Egypt and then in the northwestern coast of Saudi Arabia. But at the end of 2020, the ship was sent for repairs, and the painting was again lost sight of. Western media claim that at present the most expensive painting in the world is located on the territory of Saudi Arabia in a certain "secret place", however, where this place is not known to anyone.
The Savior of the World is believed to have been written by da Vinci in 1500. For the first time, references to this canvas appeared in documents related to the collection of the English king of England Charles I (1600-1649). The next time the painting was remembered in 1763, when Karl Sheffield, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Buckingham, put the painting up for auction. Since then, the painting disappeared by almost 1% of a century and mysteriously appeared in the collection of Frederick Cook, the richest man in England. True, at that time experts believed that this painting belonged to the brush of a student of the great Leonardo.
In 2005, the "Savior of the World", whose authorship has not yet been established, appeared at one of the regional auctions in the United States and was sold there for 10 thousand dollars. And after this auction, the painting came under the gaze of experts on the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Restoration work was carried out, the authenticity of the canvas was established, and in 2013 the painting was put up for auction at Christie’s, where it was bought by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who later sold the painting for a record amount.
That auction was followed online by 120,000 fans and art connoisseurs from around the world. The broadcast was on Facebook, and the incredibly high bid in the final bid confirmed the extraordinary value of da Vinci's painting. It is worth noting that despite the worldwide fame of the Italian master in the world, there are no more than 20 paintings that were written by this master, and all of them are in various museums around the world. Christie’s experts at one time called the painting "Savior of the World" "the greatest artistic discovery of the last 100 years."
But after the sensational auction, doubts arose about the authenticity of the painting "Savior of the World". The Louvre Abu Dhabi - a cultural project that received the right to share the name from the great French museum - made the unexpected decision not to exhibit the painting in the fall of 2018, as previously planned. Since that time, the picture has not been shown to the public.
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