Leonardo da Vinci, Yuri Shefler and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman - The Serene Connection.

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly known as Leonardo da Vinci or perhaps simply, Leonardo.

One of the world’s greatest artists, living through the golden age of the renaissance era, Da Vinci’s masterpieces have been admired across the planet, with diverse works such as the Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man and The Last Supper all being preserved in public galleries. Remarkably, there is just one Da Vinci ‘piece’ rumoured to be in a private collection. The Salvator Mundi.

The painting depicts Jesus in renaissance dress, making the sign of the cross in his right hand - holding a crystal orb in his left. Salvatore Mundi is latin, for ‘Saviour of the World’

The painting depicts Jesus in renaissance dress, making the sign of the cross in his right hand - holding a crystal orb in his left. Salvatore Mundi is latin, for ‘Saviour of the World’

The renaissance piece was sold at an auction at Christies for a record breaking $450m in November 2017. However, since the completion of the sale, the location of the artwork remains unknown, with many speculating the recently restored masterpiece is aboard the 134m Fincantieri Superyacht ‘Serene’.

The Superyacht, previously owned by Yuri Shefler, was sold to Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince for $458 million in one of the largest brokerage deals ever recorded. At the time of her launch in 2011, she was number 8 in the register of the World’s Largest Yachts. (She has since slipped down to number 15!)

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Serene boasts elegant, timeless exterior lines drawn by Espen Oeino, the mastermind behind Kismet, Solandge and the world’s largest yacht by volume, Dilbar.

In a similar scenario, Saxon Insurance Brokers are proud to have insured a Boutique Fine Art Collection aboard a Private, Cayman Island registered vessel recently, whilst the total insured sum runs into the millions, the Superyacht is responsible for the ‘lions share’ of the total sum.

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Leonardo Da Vinci is thought to have created over 200 unique pieces, from intricate technical drawings including the ‘Giant Crossbow’ and ‘Helicopter Sketch’ to beautifully intimate paintings such as ‘the Virgin and Child with Two Angels’.

Whilst the Salvator Mundi is within a private collection, the rest of Da Vinci’s works are available for public viewing, a number of them remain in the artists hometown of Florence, however there are plenty on display throughout Europe, and even as far as Washington DC and Los Angeles.

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Saxon Insurance Brokers are proud to work closely with a number of Fine Art Dealers, Owners and Underwriters. Our unbridled knowledge, passion and dedication to Protecting the World’s Finest Assets enables us to get the best opportunities for our clients. Whether they are displayed elegantly aboard a globally travelling Superyacht, or in a boutique private gallery in the Home Counties. Saxon have you covered.