Price of world’s most expensive painting confirmed – sort of

In February we reported that Gauguin’s Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) was rumoured to have been the world’s most expensive art purchase in history.

The vertiginous $300m price tag  for the 1892 oil painting  seemed unbelievable – it was $50m higher than the former world record, held by Cezanne’s The Card Players, and almost ten times as much as the previous highest price ever paid for a Gauguin, Te Poipoi (The Morning), also painted in 1892, which went for $39.2m at Sotheby’s in 2007. (The Card Players was also bought by Qatar).  Continue reading