The Louvre

The Louvre is a famous museum on the bank of the river Seine in central Paris. Its extensive collection of art and historic artefacts includes hundreds of important paintings, works on paper, sculpture and antiquities, not least Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa which has helped it become one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions.

The building known as The Louvre Palace was originally founded as a medieval fortress and was converted into a Renaissance style residence by the French King Francis I in the mid 16th century. Its beginnings as a gallery date back to Louis XIV using the Louvre as the main location to display the royal collection, following his decision to move the Royal court to Versailles.


A Vincennes soft paste porcelain dish

Pre-emptions in Paris: Four of the latest museum purchases at the Drouot auction centre

05 November 2018

The right of French museums to claim a lot offered at auction as soon as the final price is determined by the fall of the hammer always adds an extra dimension to any auction in France.

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Unveiling of Salvator Mundi at Louvre Abu Dhabi delayed

04 September 2018

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism is postponing the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ at The Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Ancient Greek vases bought by the Louvre

Louvre acquires ancient Greek vases excavated by Napoleon’s brother at auction

29 May 2018

Two Attic black figure vases that formerly belonged to Lucien Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoleon, were acquired by the Louvre from an auction held at Drouot in Paris by Pierre Bergé et Associés (PBA).

Book of Hours

Louvre secures funding from 8500 donors to buy £8m Book of Hours once owned by Francis I of France

20 February 2018

The Louvre Museum in Paris has raised more than £8m to buy a jewel-encrusted Book of Hours.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Saudi prince identified as buyer of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi as $450m painting heads to The Louvre Abu Dhabi

09 December 2017

A member of the Saudi royal family has been identified as the winning bidder of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi.

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi heads to The Louvre Abu Dhabi

06 December 2017

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced on Twitter that Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is heading to the newly opened museum in the Middle East.

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Louvre aims to buy £8m Book of Hours

30 October 2017

The Louvre museum in Paris is hoping to raise more than £8m to buy a jewel-encrusted Book of Hours.

Jean de Cambrai figures

Louvre buys duc de Berry’s tomb mourners at Paris auction

24 June 2016

Two finely carved marble figures of mourners from the tomb of Jean de France, the duc de Berry (1340-1416) brother of King Charles V of France were secured by the Louvre for €4.4m (£3.67m) at Christie’s Paris last week.

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Louvre acquires tureens made for George III

16 January 2012

SOTHEBY’S Paris have announced that they have negotiated a private treaty sale to the Louvre for an undisclosed sum of a pair of silver tureens, covers, liners and stands by the French goldsmith Robert-Joseph Auguste.

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Louvre acquire ‘withdrawn’ royal French jewel

29 April 2008

The Louvre have secured the return of a French Crown Jewel after 121 years, through a private sale with Christie’s New York.

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Louvre bid $4.2m for Messerschmidt ill temper

07 February 2005

Franz Xavier Messerschmidt (1736-83) was one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of Western art.

Louvre opens doors to design salon selectives

09 May 2002

RESPONDING to the rise and rise of interest in 20th century design Le Salon du XXeme Siecle will be launched in Paris from June 6 to 9 at Le Carrousel du Louvre.

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