According to the New York Times, a painting by post-impressionist French painter Paul Gauguin, belonging to a private collection in Switzerland, was sold for a figure close to $ 300 million. This is one of the highest prices ever paid for a work of art.
This information was provided by the famous ex-seller of Sotheby’s, Rudolf Staechelin, owner of a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Although the buyer of Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) (1892), has remained anonymous, people speculate that this is a businessman from Qatar. This is strongly possible if we remember that the State of Qatar on behalf of the museums authority (hand in hand with Qatar royal family) bought the second most expensive painting (The Card Players, 1892/3, by Paul Cézanne, in $274 million). Both paintings dating from 1892, confirm the interest of the museums authority in this period (as well as their inclination for modern artists such as Mark Rothko or Contemporaries like Damien Hirst), and, additionally, will increase the speculation around this period in art markets. We have to expect how it will influence the next auctions season.
Source and images: The New York Times
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