A Leonardo Da Vinci painting that sold for a record $450 million at auction is heading to the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi, according to the museum.
The painting, dubbed Salvator Mundi or Savior of the World, depicts Jesus Christ. It was sold for $450.3 at auction, and the enormous price tag makes it the highest auction price for any piece of art.
Despite massive interest in the auction, mystery still surrounds who actually purchased the painting.
The New York Times reports that it was purchased by Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Sau, a Saudi prince. USA TODAY has reached out to Christie's for comment; meanwhile, CNN, citing reports that investment firms had purchased the painting in hopes of putting on display, said the auction house would not confirm whether the museum purchased the painting or someone else.
The artwork was commissioned by Louis XII of France, but later disappeared. It re-emerged in the 1950s, but was written off as a copy and sold for £45 or $60, according to CNN. It was later purchased by art dealers, restored and eventually sold to Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev for $127.5 million.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi tweeted that the painting would be featured in the museum.
The museum, which opened less than a month ago in the United Arab Emirates, holds 600 works permanently and 300 loaned from France.