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Buyer of $450 million da Vinci revealed to be Saudi prince

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci entitled 'Salvator Mundi'. Photo: / MediaPunch/IPX

A major art world mystery has been solved as the anonymous buyer who spent a record $450 million on a da Vinci painting last month has been revealed to be a little known Saudi prince, per the NY Times.

As the Times points out, the buyer, Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, is close associate of Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince. Two weeks before Prince Bader bid on the painting, Prince Mohammad was conducting what he called an anti-corruption purge, targeting dozens of wealthy Saudis and their assets.

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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the NYT. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.