The world's most expensive painting, which was due to go on display at the Louvre Abi Dhabi later this month, has had its unveiling postponed, fueling renewed speculation about its authenticity.
The portrait of Jesus Christ was bought last November in NY for a record $450m (£341m) after a fierce bidding war.
It was temporarily caught in an anonymous bidding war between a Saudi and a UAE prince, according to the Daily Mail tabloid.
The Renaissance oil painting of Christ, whose title in Latin means Saviour of the World, sold for a record-breaking $450 million (£350 million) at an auction in NY at Christie's in November.
The Abu Dhabi state-linked newspaper, The National, reported the museum might wait until the first anniversary of its opening in November to unveil the painting, which was purchased a year ago for $450.3 million by an unidentified buyer.
"The Department of culture and tourism Abu Dhabi announces delay of the presentation of "Savior of the world" Leonardo da Vinci".
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi has kept tight-lipped over the identity of the painting's buyer, saying only that the emirate's Department of Culture and Tourism had "acquired" it.
Last December, the New York Times identified the buyer as an obscure member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Badr bin Abdullah.
The painting, only recently rediscovered, was the last da Vinci left in private hands and fetched more than four times Christie's pre-sale estimate of about $100 million.
United States media reports initially said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the unidentified buyer.
Dated around 1500, the painting is one of fewer than 20 attributed to Leonardo.
It was previously believed to have been executed by one of his students, however leading experts now say the painting's authenticity is beyond reasonable doubt.