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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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'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' expected to sell for record sum

A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci is due to be sold in New York for up to $ 150m (£114m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). It is thought that it will be the highest auction price for a work by an Old Master – the artists who painted in Europe before the 19th Century. Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence. Just one is thought to…

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