Washington Post

The Louvre wants this $450 million Leonardo in its big show, but its mystery owner appears to be balking

The Louvre has long said it wanted the "Salvator Mundi" in its show. Foto: Jens Kalaene/AP

The world's most expensive painting, the "Salvator Mundi," purportedly by Leonardo da Vinci, was supposed to go on display next week in the world's most famous museum, the Louvre, in a blockbuster exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death. Barring a last-minute surprise, however, the painting will be a no-show.

The "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-shattering $450.3 million in 2017. But in the two years since the sale at Christie's, controversy over the painting's attribution has intensified...

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