Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Painting "When Will You Marry?" By Paul Gauguin Becomes Most Expensive Ever

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An 1892 painting of two Tahitian women titled "Nafea faa ipoipo?" — Tahitian for "When will you marry?" by French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin has reportedly sold for $300 Million. This makes it the most expensive painting ever, though the former owner is yet to confirm the price or buyer.

The oil painting had belonged to the Swiss family Staehelin for almost 100 years. Earlier this week, Swiss media citing unidentified art world insiders reported that the painting was bought by Qatari royalty.

Staehelin said in an email Saturday to The Associated Press.

"The contract has been signed, the sale and handover will take place in January 2016. According to the contract I can't provide any information on the buyer or the price."

In an interview with Swiss paper Basler Zeitung, however, Staehelin was quoted as saying about the price: "It's clear that it isn't just a figure in the double-digit millions."

The sale was prompted by the current boom on the art market, he told the newspaper.

Qatar Museums, run by the emirate's royal family, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The painting is currently exhibited at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, near the northwestern Swiss city of Basel. Before the sale is completed next year it is also scheduled to be shown in Madrid and Washington, the Basler Zeitung reported.

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