$300m Gauguin: Highest price ever for a painting


17 February 2015

The Guinness World Records' record for the most expensive artwork ever sold has been broken by a 19th century painting by Paul Gauguin which reached $300 million (£197 million) at auction earlier this month.

'Nafea faa ipoipo' (When will you marry?) is an 1892 painting of two Tahitian women made by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) after the time he spent on the tropical island in the late 19th century. It's former owner Rudolf Staechelin, a collector from Basel in Switzerland, has confirmed the sale.

'Nafea Faa Ipoipo' was reportedly bought by Qatar to be placed in its state-run museum. The country previously held the record for most expensive painting, after buying Paul Cezanne's Two Card Players in 2011 for $250 million (£160 million).

Qatar Museums, who reportedly bought the painting according to the New York Times, has spent more than $1 billion on prestigious pieces of work. Qatar's museum services is headed up by the sister of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. As well as the Cezanne, she also oversaw the purchase of works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Mark Rothko.


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