Mohammed bin Salman is the son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and his family is estimated to be worth more than $ 1,000 billion. Which gives her plenty of room to spend money on whatever her heart desires. What Ben Salman did: he bought one of the most expensive yachts in the world.
He also bought the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, for almost half a billion dollars in 2017. This is where it gets interesting. Mohammed bin Salman reportedly brought the painting and hung it on the wall of a cabin on his superyacht, Serene, the Times reported in April. The two purchases together amount to over $ 1 billion.
However, auctioneer Christie’s denied the report because the painting should have been hung in the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi. He never appeared on scheduled events, and no one really knows where the expensive painting is. Except Ben Salman, of course. Would it actually be a world tour on the Serene?
Art lovers fear that one of the most expensive paintings in the world is not even on dry land. But the painting could feel right at home on Serene, surrounded by wealth and luxury.
Built in 2011, the yacht was originally intended for Russian vodka mogul Yuri Shefler, at a cost of $ 330 million. The superyacht has seen its fair share of celebrities on board, with Bill Gates, for example, renting it out for $ 5 million a week in the summer of 2014. When Prince Mohammed bin Salman vacationed in the south of France in 2015, he stumbled upon the ship and bought it for around 500 million euros ($ 577 million at today’s exchange rate).
What’s so special about it and what can you do on board? Such.
Fincantieri built the yacht, in collaboration with Espen Øino International (who also participated in the design of the exterior of the Flying Fox) for its exterior design and naval architecture. Regarding its interior design, it was written by Reymond Langton Design Ltd. and Luca Dini Design & Architecture.
The boat is 18.6m (61ft) wide, 5.54m (18ft) draft and 134m (439ft) long, spanning seven decks. It has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, and is powered by 8 MTU engines that develop over 22,000 horsepower, bringing the vessel to a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.
This is where the fun begins, as the superyacht can accommodate up to 24 guests in 12 cabins with private decks, and 52 crew, including the captain, in 30 cabins.
With two helipads and storage space for a large submarine or tender docking station, Serene offers several pools, spas, a snow room and a steam room. Several spaces are dedicated to children, including a games room with a climbing wall and an entertainment center with the latest video game consoles.
There’s an underwater observation room and an open-air cinema, while one of the helipads can turn into a dance floor or swimming pool, if the other pools aren’t enough for everyone. Of course, the owner has a full deck all to himself, as well as a private elevator carrying him from the cabin to his private rooms. It also benefits from a private bathing platform, a Californian king-size bed, a full walk-in closet and a spacious bathroom.
In view of all this, who would not install the most expensive painting of our time on the walls of this immense vessel? That is, if one can afford to own both.