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