The rich and famous lead super luxurious lifestyles. And sometimes, this involves spending on expensive items the rest of us wouldn’t even dare dream about. A while back, cricketer Hardik Pandya was seen sporting a Louis Vuitton shirt worth 1 lakh! But if you thought that was excessive, this will boggle your mind. A Saudi prince owns the most expensive painting ever and it is over 15 times the value of SRK’s Mannat (Rs. 200 crores according to sources).
The Guardian reports that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has displayed the world’s costliest painting ‘Salvator Mundi’ on his yacht, the ‘Serene’. The painting is valued at $450 million (Rs. 3121 crores) and the yacht is worth $560 million (Rs. 3932 crores).
Salvator Mundi translates to Saviour of the World in Latin. It showcases Jesus with his right hand raised in blessing and holding an orb in his left hand. Some art experts claim it was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci while others say it was an artwork by his assistant.
In 2017, Christie’s auction house in NY sold it to an unnamed member of the Saudi royal family to be installed in the Abu Dhabi Louvre. But the painting went missing since then and has now been spotted on the yacht.
Looks like this was the reason that the scheduled 18 September 2018 unveiling of the painting was postponed by the gallery last year. Rich people and their eccentricities, right?
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