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Abu Dhabi authorities revealed as buyers of $450m 'Leonardo painting'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has confirmed that it bought the $ 450m Salvator Mundi painting for the state’s new Louvre gallery. The 500-year-old painting of Christ is believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci. There had been media reports that it had been bought by a Saudi prince. The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum said it was “looking forward to displaying” the painting, which recently fetched the record price at auction in New York. Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the…

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$450m 'Da Vinci painting' heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Media playback is unsupported on your device A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum has said. The newly-opened museum made the announcement on Twitter, without specifying whether it had bought the painting at auction this month. Media reports say it was purchased by a Saudi prince. The work – known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) – was sold in New York for a record $ 450m (£341m). It was the highest auction…

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Sir Howard Hodgkin: Turner winner who 'hated painting' dies at 84

British artist Sir Howard Hodgkin has died at the age of 84. The Turner Prize-winner was well known for saying in interviews how much he hated painting. “People have often said to me, ‘aren’t you lucky to be able to do this for a living’ and I say no, thank you, I’m not lucky,” he told the BBC in 2014. “I may be lucky with the result but to go through the horrors of painting pictures is not something I ever look forward to.” So why did he carry on?…

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