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Is a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci placed aboard a 134m superyacht?
Sold in November 2017 at Christie's for $450.3 million, the painting Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Nearly two years later, it is still unknown where the piece is located, while art market website Artnet published an opinion piece by art dealer Kenny Schachter assuming that the painting is on-board the 134-metre superyacht Serene. Salvator Mundi, Leonardo da Vinci As it was first shared by The New York Times, the superyacht previously owned by Russian billionaire, Yuri Shefler, now supposedly belongs to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Reportedly, the oligarch sold his superyacht in July 2015 to Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince for $458 million. Built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, at the time of her delivery, Serene was the nineth largest yacht in the world. She features exterior lines drawn by Espen Oeino and series of interior innovations by British design studio Reymond Langton.Stretching over a beam of 18.5 meters, Serene is 6 decks tall and boasts a myriad of amenities that few five-star hotels have. One of her most noticeable features from the outside is her suppressed bathtub located aft of the sundeck. One of the seven pools onboard Serene, the Jacuzzi on the top deck is surrounded by lounging pad for sunbathing. Forward of the hot tub is a fully-stocked, wet bar underneath the yacht's observational deck that features an additional set of sun loungers.Inside, Serene incorporates a sophisticated mix of cream and dark colours with wooden fixtures. Offering views from any imaginable vantage point, Serene's sky lounge is equipped with a myriad of sofas, chairs and coffee tables for cocktails and tea.A more formal location designed for the entertainment of larger groups, the main lounge features white colours with dark tones. At the centre of the room is a piano with cocktail tables spread out across the room. Interestingly, this lounge sits just over the main dining room with its chandelier hanging through the two spaces and letting the music spread.Each space on Serene features a different set of colours, all coordinated across one central theme that spreads around the yacht with circles both on the floor and on the ceiling to create a sense of symmetry. Some of Serene's unique features include an indoor climbing wall as well as an underwater observation lounge.The 134-meter yacht can carry a total of 24 guests across 12 staterooms divided into one master suite with essentially an owner's deck, a VIP cabin, three twin cabins and seven double staterooms. Serene carries a crew of over 40 people onboard.Returning to the painting, it’s been long been believed that Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud who had placed the winning bid for Salvator Mundi, was acting on behalf of the crown prince, reports CNN Style. Despite an official denial from the Saudi embassy in late 2017, stating that Prince Badr had acted as an intermediary for the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism instead, bin Salman has never released a statement himself confirming or denying his role in the purchase.First supposed to go on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi last year, the painting would reportedly remain on-board Serene until the crown prince completes a new cultural hub in Al-Ula, according to Schachter. This could be not the first case of possible storage of highly expensive works of art on-board superyachts, with, for instance, British billionaire Joe Lewis keeping Francis Bacon’s $70 million ‘Triptych 1974 – 1977’, aboard the 98-metre superyacht Aviva, according to Bloomberg.
Russian billionaire’s 143m sailing yacht A spotted in Monaco harbour
Currently the 10th largest superyacht in the world and one of the most futuristic ones, the 142.8-metre sailing yacht A has been spotted in Monaco, reports The Sun. The vessel is owned by a Russian industrialist tycoon Andrey Melnichenko, whose net worth is estimated at $13.4 billion by Forbes.Photo Credit: BackGrid via The SunEstimated at about $500 million, the yacht was built by German yard Nobiskrug in 2017. Although her 142.8-metre LOA would give Melnichenko's new flagship the title of largest sailing yacht in the world, many experts rather consider her more of a hybrid between the two types due to her technical classification as a sail-assisted motor yacht.Part of the renowned A fleet, the yacht features exterior and interior designs by Philippe Starck. With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 meters in height, S/Y A reaches a top speed of 20 knots without using her sails. Photo Credit: BackGrid via The SunS/Y A boasts a digital control system that has a touch-sensitive sheet of black glass, allowing the crew to raise and lower sails and the anchor with a simple swipe.The vessel offers accommodation to up to 20 guests as well as a crew of 54 across her eight floors. Shrouded in secrecy throughout her build and following her delivery, very little details are known about the amenities onboard the sailing yacht. Photo Credit: BackGrid via The SunAmong the yacht's key known features is an underwater observation pod and a large swimming pool with a retractable roof located towards the bow of the boat. She is also equipped with a helipad.Reportedly, Melnichenko also owns the $300 million motor yacht A, a custom Boeing 737 private jet as well as properties around the world, including a penthouse in New York City and a villa in the French Riviera. He lives a jet-setting lifestyle with his wife Aleksandra, former model and pop star from Serbia. The pair married in an opulent wedding in the south of France in 2005, which featured performances by Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
End game: 40m regatta superstar My Song is ‘beyond repair’
Mr. Pier Luigi Loro Piana, the owner of the 40-metre Baltic custom sailing yacht My Song, confirmed that his vessel was ‘not salvageable’. The yacht was hauled out to Palma de Mallorca earlier this month, after she had fallen from a cargo ship in the Atlantic.The incident took on May 26, when My Song fell from the 138-metre cargo ship Brattinsborg. Yacht transport company Peters & May that was responsible for the transportation, released an official statement in response, claiming that My Song might have fallen due to the collapse of her cradle. My Song was salvaged from the coast of Menorca by MCS Marine Claim Services Germany. Then, the vessel was towed into Palma's STP shipyard for assessment.Built in 2016, the 39.6-metre tall and 8.5-metre wide sailboat with sleek outline of designs by Nauta Design studio, was well-known for her racing achievements. The yacht has been owned by Pier Luigi Loro Piana (net worth $1.6 billion - Forbes), an heir to the high end clothing company Loro Piana and a host of eponymous yacht racing events.The owner’s spokesman shared with the The Times: The damage outside and to the interiors of the yacht mean it is not savable. It may have hit the side of the cargo ship as it fell.In an interview with Italian newspaper, the owner expressed: 'For anyone who loves the sea, his boat is like a second home, and it is as if my home has burnt down.'Photographs and videos taken showed extensive damage to the yacht, with several holes in the hull. in 2008, is expected to credit one of his assistants, Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, in an upcoming book.
Feadship broadcasts the launch of 77m Project 818
Earlier today, Dutch builder Feadship launched its newest vessel, the 77.25-metre Project 818, at the Kaag facility. For the first time in its history, the yard fully broadcasted the ceremony.Project 818 represents design work by Finland-based Jarkko Jämsen who styled the yacht with a blend of classic and hyper-modern lines. It is known, that Project 818 features a beam of 11 metres and was built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.The three-deck superyacht is scheduled for delivery later this year. More information on the vessel will be revealed shortly.Photo via Dutch YachtingMeanwhile, has recently opened a brand new facility in Amsterdam during the official ceremony in the presence of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. The yard with its total volume of 425,000 cubic metres, was designed for construction and refit of Feadship superyachts of up to 160 metres in LOA.
American owner orders new 67m custom Project Fenestra from Benetti
Italian builder Benetti has announced the sale of 67-metre hull FB278 Project Fenestra to an experienced American yacht owner. The purchase was supervised by Northrop & Johnson brokerage company.The layout was born from the boards of Giorgio M. Cassetta, expressing the owner’s passion for family, fitness and well–being. The interiors were designed by Benetti’s Interior Style Department. Franco Fusignani, CEO of Benetti Yachts, highlighted:This order, following on the heels of the North American delivery of Spectre and Elaldrea+, custom yachts of 69 and 49 metres, is evidence of the American market’s growing interest in the Benetti brand.Cassetta’s exterior design perfectly complements the interior spaces created by Benetti’s stylists. Seven cabins offer accommodation to up to 14 guests, with 10 more cabins for a crew of up to 17, with 3 doubles for the captain, first officer, and chief engineer. The owners specifically requested that the crew’s quarters include materials and furnishings of a similar quality to those used in the guest quarters. The layout of Project Fenestra stretches over 6 decks, with a sun deck, a bridge deck, an owner’s deck, a main deck, a guest deck, and a tank deck. Special attention has been paid to spacious 150-square-metre owner’s deck, fitted with a lounge, a bar and panoramic view. The sun deck features a forward steering station, gym, steam room, and Jacuzzi. The 108-metre FB 275 launched in March 2019A distinctive feature of FB278 is the fully dedicated beach club. This area is replete with bar, full bath, and upward opening stern door and side opening terrace that flood the area with natural light.Meanwhile, Benetti delivered its 63m superyacht Metis earlier in June. However, the most impressive news from the yard were three subsequent launches of gigayachts over 100 metres.