Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Identified as Buyer of Record-Breaking da Vinci

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is leading an austerity drive at home, is the bidder who paid a record $450.3 million for a Leonardo da Vinci portrait of Jesus Christ, settling one of the art world’s biggest mysteries.

Prince Mohammed, known by his initials MBS, was identified as the buyer of the 500-year-old painting, “Salvator Mundi,” in U.S. intelligence reports, according to people with direct knowledge of the information. American officials have closely watched the activities of the 32-year-old, who…

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  1. And … would he pass his own ‘anti-corruption-test’ I wonder? I assume he ‘saved’ the 450 million from his salary as Defence Minister? – I suppose 450 million dollars in humanitarian aid to Yemen would have gone a far way? May be the Saudi Jets would not drop US bombs on hospitals that may be financed by the Crown Prince? Ah well, just wishful thinking …

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