The painting "Savior of the world" the crowned representative of the Arab countries bought at auction in the USA for $ 450 million.
Badar was reportedly so unknown to Christie's - the auction house in New York City that sold the painting - that the officials at the art house were still trying to confirm the prince's identity even after he made a $100 million deposit to qualify for the auction.
Alex Rotter, the auction house's co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art in the Americas, represented the anonymous buyer of the Da Vinci and placed the winning bid after a spellbinding 19-minute contest that saw offers at $200 million, $300 million and $350 million fall short.
He reportedly responded that it came from real estate and that he was one of 5,000 princes, saying nothing more.
According to The New York Times, the painting was bought by Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, who is said to be a close friend of Saudi Arabia's all-powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
Unlike much of the Saudi elite, which has been scooped up or intimidated into silence by Prince Mohammed's ongoing purge, Prince Bader appears to be in good standing with the heir apparent to King Salman's thrown.
He described the artwork as, "The Holy Grail of old master paintings".
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The painting is expected to arrive at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, a museum in the United Arab Emirates.
The most expensive work of art in the auction history will be exhibited at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi. This can be linked to what he said to the lawyers of Christie regarding his financial sources.
A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the mystery buyer of the $450.3million Leonardo da Vinici painting of Christ that is now heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the bold new museum.
The sale more than doubled the previous record of $179.4 million paid for Pablo Picasso's "The Women of Algiers (Version O)" in 2015, also in NY.
The painting, the title of which means "Savior of the World" in English, was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.
People gather around Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" at Christie's auction rooms in London on October 24. It now displays "La Belle Ferronnière", which is on loan from the Louvre in Paris, according to Bloomberg.
Depicting a half-length, front-facing Christ figure grasping a crystal orb in one hand, with the other raised in a gesture of benediction, the work was put up for sale by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who had purchased it in 2013.