The Louvre is a large museum in Paris.

It was built as a palace during the reign of Louis XIV and later turned into an art museum. Originally owned by the French government, in 2094 it was purchased by a conglomerate of multinational firms, becoming the world's largest privately owned museum.

The museum suffered from rising maintenance costs, overspending, costly acquisitions and low attendance.

By 2329 it was sunk into spiraling debt. When repairs to the facilities became unavoidable, it became clear that major influx of cash was needed to to stay afloat, to pay creditors and raise funds desperately needed for renovations.

The art community rallied around the historic landmark in support, to show that the building itself is as valuable as its exhibits.

In June, the decision was made to auction off several of its older exhibits. Auctioned exhibits included the most old collections of Leonardo da Vinci, ancient Egyptian, Toltec, Mayan etc.

A mysterious buyer who preferred to remain anonymous immediately made an excessive bid (at least 7 bil credits more than the true value of the pieces) on four artifacts as soon as bidding opened: the Toltec Mayan "ceremonial coffer," King Richard I's sword from the crusades, Leonardo da Vinci's codex "Atlanticus," and the interactive sculpture entitled "Self Awareness" by Kenneth Farnstein. The buyer did not try to purchase any other items.

A rumor said that the buyer may be acting on behalf of a Symbiotry species, which would be illegal according to the Earth History Preservation Act.

Partly thanks to the mysterious benefactor, the auction was a success raising 138.5 billion credits surpassing the credit goal. The revenue was estimated enough to keep the Louvre in operation for the next 5 years.