£200m Gauguin becomes most expensive work of art of all time

Paul Gauguin 1892 oil painting of two Tahitian girls bought by state-financed Qatar Museums in record sale
Two women look at the painting ‘Nafea faa ipoipo’ (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin

A Paul Gauguin painting of two Tahitian girls has smashed the record for the world’s most expensive single work of art, after Qatar bought the canvas from a Swiss collector for almost $300 million (£200m).

The 1892 oil painting by the French post-impressionist called Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) was sold by the private collector Rudolf Staechelin, a retired Sotheby’s executive from Basel, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Mr Staechelin, 62, declined to name the buyer but it was thought to be the state-financed Qatar Museums. The Gulf nation had set the previous record in 2011 when it paid $259 million for The Card Players by Paul Cezanne, and has spent millions more on Western modern art in recent years.
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