Move over, Paul Cezanne. This canvas ain’t big enough for both you and Paul Gauguin. A painting of two Tahitian girls by Gauguin has been sold for $300 million, making it the most expensive painting in history. The 1892 painting Nafea Faa Ipoipo, or When Will You Marry? was owned by a Swiss collector and is believed to have been sold to a Qatar museum, reports the BBC.
“Before its sale, the Gauguin artwork had been owned by Rudolf Staechelin, a collector from Basel. For decades it had been on loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel but Mr Staechelin decided to sell the painting after a disagreement with the museum.” The previous highest price for a painting was $240 million for The Card Players by Paul Cezanne, also bought by a Qatari collector.