What HAS happened to the most expensive painting in the world? HARRY MOUNT traces the path of the $450m Da Vinci masterpiece that vanished after experts branded it a fake | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

What HAS happened to the most expensive painting in the world? HARRY MOUNT traces the path of the $450m Da Vinci masterpiece that vanished after experts branded it a fake

The Prince bought the picture on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and its grand unveiling was due to take place at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi in September.

The museum of art and civilisation, which is said to have cost around one billion euros — including 400 million euros to carry the ‘Louvre’ name — opened last year, and the Leonardo was to have had pride of place.

But the unveiling was suddenly cancelled, with no explanation.

Now it is claimed by French art experts that plans to include Salvator Mundi at a landmark exhibition at the Louvre in Paris in the autumn, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of da Vinci, may be on hold because of further doubts over its origins.

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