Leonardo's Salvator Mundi heads to The Louvre Abu Dhabi

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The world's most expensive painting Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is to be displayed at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum announced on Wednesday.

In a separate tweet the auction house indicated the Louvre Abu Dhabi would be the painting's "new home".

Christie's sold it to an anonymous buyer last month, and said it did not comment on the identities of buyers or sellers without their permission.

Update, 12/6/2017, 6:30pm EST: The New York Times is reporting that Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, a Saudi prince, has been identified as the buyer of Leonardo's "Salvator Mundi".

Salvator Mundi's path from Leonardo's workshop to the auction block at Christie's was not smooth.

The newspaper said that the work will be lent or resold to museums, largely in the Middle East and Asia.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi - a franchise of the Paris original - is a symbol of the oil-rich sheikhdom's drive to boost its "soft power" credentials.

The organization behind the museum became one of the most aggressive buyers on the global art market over the last decade.

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It holds 600 artworks permanently and 300 loaned from France.

"Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is coming to LouvreAbuDhabi", the museum said on Twitter in Arabic, English and French, displaying an image of the 500-year-old work.

Featuring a vast silver-toned dome, the Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, drawing inspiration from Arab design and evoking both an open desert and the sea.

Its latest sale was initiated by Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, the boss of football club AS Monaco.

Christie's says most scholars agree the painting is by Leonardo, though some critics have questioned the attribution and some say the extensive restoration muddies the work's authorship.

The work - known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) - was sold in NY for a record $450m (£341m).

The unidentified buyer was involved in a bidding contest, via telephone, that lasted almost 20 minutes.

At Christie's Da Vinci auction, the salesroom was full of millionaires and billionaires, including Point72 Asset Management's Steve Cohen, Blackstone Group LP's Tom Hill, who collects Old Master works, and philanthropist Eli Broad.

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