Ya know what else you can buy for $450m? A (potentially) fake DaVinci painting

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has shelled out $450m, not for a multi-billion dollar tech company, but a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.


December 8, 2017

Yesterday it was revealed that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has shelled out $450m, not for a multi-billion dollar tech company, but a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

The “Salvator Mundi” was reportedly purchased by proxy, via a lesser-known prince named Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed and, at $450m, it’s the most anyone has ever paid for a painting.

And Saudi Arabia is not pleased

The country is currently in the midst of a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown, and critics have slammed the prince for making such a lavish purchase, as the attorney general continues to expose prominent Saudi Arabians for over $100b in embezzlement.

Plus, the painting may not even be real!

Jacques Franck, a da Vinci specialist, told the New York Times that the composition of the painting doesn’t match up to Leo’s signature style.

“[da Vinci] preferred twisted movement. It’s a good studio work with a little Leonardo at best, and it’s very damaged.”

But when you’re a Saudi Arabian prince, what does it matter?

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