Muslim Prince Breaks World Record, Pays $450 Million For Long Lost da Vinci Painting

If you can drop $450 million and not think twice about it, there’s a good chance you are what can be described as filthy rich.

Here’s another example of that.

A Saudi Arabian prince is the man behind the eye-popping purchase. While it’s no secret that Saudi royals are completely loaded, what he spent part of his fortune on helps to place just how unbelievably wealthy they are into some crystal clear perspective.

The Daily Caller shares the scoop.

A Saudi Arabian prince is the mysterious buyer who paid a record-breaking $450.3 million for Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ.

Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud was recently discovered to be the buyer of da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi,” The New York Times reports.

Prince Badar’s purchase of the image of Christ comes at a time when elite Saudi’s are highly concerned about an ongoing “purge” of influential national figures at the bequest of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.

Badar is reportedly a close friend and confidant of the crown prince, who is already well-known for making extravagant purchases well into the hundreds of millions.

Beyond the astronomical price tag, the fact that a man of Muslim faith would even be interested in such an image is rather head scratching.

Is this a sign that even more changes are afoot among the ruling class in Saudi Arabia?

That’s unclear, but questions abound nonetheless.  

Badar’s purchase is interesting for a host of reasons. Muslims do not consider Jesus a savior, but rather they believe he was a prophet. The majority of Muslims also believe that depicting any religious prophet is sacrilegious.

So what gives here? Is Badar confused about his faith or just demonstrating that such a sum of money is a mere drop in the bucket for him?

We don’t know the answer to that, but it’s hard to dismiss this as just a curiosity with all of the upheaval that’s going on in that neck of the woods.

That said, it could be just that Badar has more money than he knows what to do with and zero comprehension of how to get a lot more bang for his buck, but that’s a story for another day.  

Source: Daily Caller

 

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