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« Reply #270 on: June 11, 2019, 03:43:08 PM »

Dutch language article:
https://nos.nl/artikel/22...-mohammed-bin-salman.html


Translated by use of Google Translate:

'The most expensive painting in the world is on the yacht of Mohammed bin Salman'

The most expensive painting in the world, the Salvator Mundi, is on board of a yacht owned by the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. That is what the American art connoisseur, dealer and publisher Kenny Schachter writes on the Artnet art site on the basis of two anonymous sources.

The artwork was auctioned at Christie's in New York at the end of 2017 for around 400 million dollars. Since then it has not been seen in public.

Schachter does not provide hard evidence for his position, but it fits in with the trend that the super-rich adorn their yachts with top art.

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Salvator Mundi comes from the studio of the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Whether the master himself has worked on it is uncertain. When Christie's went to auction it, it was presented as a real Da Vinci.

The expected yield was 100 million dollars, but the bids amply exceeded that. The winning bid of $ 400 million excluding auction fees was made by a Saudi prince who was supposed to act on behalf of Saudi crown prince Mohammed.


Schachter does not provide hard evidence for his position, but it fits in with the trend that the super-rich adorn their yachts with top art.

The New York Times wrote earlier this month that the Crown Prince had given the work to Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi as a gift to exhibit at the Louvre branch in his country. The work would also be on display at a large Da Vinci exhibition in the Louvre in Paris next fall.

But Crown Prince Mohammed returned from his decision, writes Artnet, possibly because the British newspaper The Telegraph had again cast doubt on Da Vinci's involvement in making the painting. The Salvator Mundi did not move to Abu Dhabi, but to the Crown Prince's Serene Yacht, Artnet said.

Trend

That fits in with a trend. According to The Guardian, the owner of Manchester City football club, Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyab, has housed hundreds of top pieces on his Topaz yacht.

Francis Bacon's Tryptych 1974-1977 hangs in the hunt of the British billionaire, also a major shareholder in Tottenham Hotspur, Joe Lewis.

Art detective Arthur Brand found a lost Picasso in March. The painting had already been stolen in France in 1999 from the hunt of a Saudi sheikh.
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« Reply #271 on: June 11, 2019, 06:16:20 PM »

Given that it was never undoubtedly proven that the painting was created by Leonardos own hands, the price of 450,000,000 USD was INSANE.

And now it's wallpaper on a Saudi yacht? Well. If you have billions, you can waste millions to buy kinda male version of Mona Lisa with doubtful provenience to hang it in the dining room of a ship - you won't even miss the money.

Either the Sheikh really enjoys it or he had no other idea where to put it when it became clear that it would not be a good idea to show it in Abu Dhabi Louvre as a "real Leornardo" when this cannot be proven.

I wouldna' pay a penny for it ... and maybe it's the world's most expensive bad bargain.

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« Reply #272 on: June 11, 2019, 11:53:28 PM »

I think itís a very ethereal painting. I like it
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« Reply #273 on: June 12, 2019, 01:44:56 AM »

I like the frame........
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« Reply #274 on: June 12, 2019, 02:11:04 AM »

From the neck down it looks like a painting of a woman (and I like it), from the neck up it is a very muted painting and there isn't any life in the eyes IMO. The Master had a way of animating the features of his subject; expressive eyes, etc. I agree with Kaiserin, the world's most expensive bad bargain.
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« Reply #275 on: June 12, 2019, 07:27:00 PM »

But Islamic art is not representational. Representational art is considered blasphemous. I can't imagine why in in the world a got-rocks Saudi prince would want a realistic portrait of the founder of a religion that many from his country despise hanging on his yacht. 
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« Reply #276 on: June 14, 2019, 12:40:13 AM »

It is true that islamic art is not representational, and indeed painting realistic scenes with humans or animals is seen as a no go in sunni Islam. But muslims do not at all despise Jesus and Mary. Jesus, or Isa in arabic is considered a highly revered prophet, and there are suras of the Koran about him and his mother Maryam. His mystic conception and birth, his high state and miracles are described there at length.

How religious the prince is, noone knows though.
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« Reply #277 on: June 19, 2019, 04:58:23 PM »

Jamal Khashoggi killing: Saudi crown prince 'should face investigation'
There is credible evidence that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-level officials are individually liable for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert says.
A report by special rapporteur Agnes Callamard says the evidence merits further investigation by an independent and impartial international inquiry.
https://www.google.com/am...orld-middle-east-48689137
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« Reply #278 on: July 16, 2019, 12:08:20 AM »

Princess Reema bent Bandar ben Sultan Al Saudo ambassador to USA started her work already


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« Reply #279 on: July 16, 2019, 12:51:39 AM »

Will be interesting to follow her as she follows in her fatherís footsteps.
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