According to Abu dhabi’s Department of culture and Tourism, the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” has been postponed.
In a tweet posted Monday, the government body gave no reason for the decision, adding that “more details will be announced soon.” The painting was due to go on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi later this month.
Neither the Louvre Abu Dhabi or the Department of Culture and Tourism, have replied to the CNN’s request for comment at the time of publication.
Going back to the 1500, “Salvator Mundi” is one of fewer than 20 known Leonardo works in existence.
The painting was authenticated after more than six years’ research, according to Christie’s, who oversaw the he record $450.3 million sale in November 2017. The unknown telephone buyer was later revealed to be Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism.
The acquisitions of the “Salvator Mundi”was aid to be a significant coup for the Louvre’s first overseas outpost, which opened in 2017. The painting had attracted a large amount of people during the pre-auction viewings in London, San Francisco and Hong Kong.
A high-profile art historian, Matthew Landrus, findings are said to be published this week,in an update to his 2006 book, “Leonardo da Vinci.” In an email statement last month, Leonardo expert and curator of Italian Paintings at London’s National Gallery, Martin Kemp, described the claims as “ill-founded assertions that would attract no attention were it not for the sale price.”