London - A reclusive Carnegie Hill, NY10028 tycoon is having to slum in in the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons tonight as his latest acquisition the Salvator Mundi takes pole position at the National's Da Vinci exhibition.
The mysterious art collector is travelling incognito for the 21st century debut of his extraordinary painting, said to have been bought for less than $500,000 in a job lot along with assorted Modiglianis, a Kandinsky and myriad Jackson Bollox.
"It's now worth conservatively $200 million," Gallery curator Sir Degas Sisley-Cezanne commented as reporters clamored for details of the 20x30 oil on walnut portrait which took the mystery owner 'years of stripping' to reveal the marvel of what lies beneath.
Tomorrow the show will open to the public amid tightening of a $50 million security detail that guards the precious collection from rumored terror attacks.
Shadowy foreign cults are said to feel threatened by the Salvator Mundi unveiling as the supernatural hocus pocus pilgrimage season opens in far flung places...like Pyong Yang.
"Some reckon the picture predicts Judgement Day Armageddon," Sisley-Cezanne added.
"Wanna see a vid of the stripping process that exposed the masterpiece in a Manhattan studio?"