A conflicting report in the Wall Street Journal notes that the buyer of the da Vinci piece last month at Christie’s is actually Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, noting that another prince served as a proxy buyer for the work. The news comes as the Louvre Abu Dhabi has claimed that it will be showing the piece in its museum.
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Dr Harald Falckenberg
* Dr Harald Falckenberg is a German collector based in Hamburg, who owns about 1,700 pieces including an extraordinary room collaboration between Paul McCarthy and Jason Rhoades.
Recent projects are Christoph Schlingensief’s “Animatograph”, a giant multimedia installation that von Habsburg also collaborated on; and a large room installation by Mike Kelley. He is opening a 65,000 sq ft (6,000-7,000 sq m) space in Hamburg next year.
* From the Financial Times.