The World’s Most Expensive and Amazing Artwork-Paul Gauguin Painting Sold for £200 MILLION (Photo)

February 8, 2015 5:49 am

Wow! The world’s most expensive artwork is now an oil painting by .It was sold for a whooping  £200 MILLION.

The 1982 painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist is titled,
, or When Will You Marry? It was reportedly bought by a
museum in the oil rich Arab nation,

This won’t be the first time the Gulf nation is buying the world’s most
expensive painting ..They had set the previous record for an artwork
when it paid $259 million for The Card Players by .

According to the New York Times,the Gaugin artwork had been owned by Rudolf Staechelin, who has declined to name the buyer.
Some of the most expensive paintings

Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud

’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud fetched £89m in 2013

Paul Cezanne – The Card Players £158m – Before
the Gauguin sale, this was believed to be the most money paid for a
painting. Also purchased by Qataris, it fetched a reported £158m in
2011.
Francis Bacon – Three Studies of Lucian Freud £89m- The
triptych is considered one of Bacon’s greatest masterpieces. It sold
after six minutes of fierce bidding in November 2013, according to
auction house Christie’s.

– The Scream £74m – Perhaps one of the
world’s most famous images, The Scream went on sale in May 2012,
sparking a 12-minute bidding war. By the end, the privately-owned
pastel, one of four in a series by the Norwegian, had been sold for
£74m.
– Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer £73m – According
to The New York Times, the Neue Galerie paid £73m for the oil painting
in a private sale in 2006. It had been looted by the Nazis during World
War Two, before being returned to Ms Bloch-Bauer’s heir in 2006.
Jackson Pollock – No. 5 £73m – Pollock’s
famous drip-and-pour painting was sold for a then record £73m, also in
2006, according to The New York Times. Reports said US media magnate
sold the 4ft by 8ft work to Mexican financier David
Martinez.
– Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust £65.5m – Considered amongst Picasso’s greatest post-war paintings, it sold at auction in New York in 2010 for £65.5m.

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Mr Staechelin told the New York Times he would not divulge the identity of the buyer.
It was not immediately clear where the sale had taken place.
However the paper, which first reported the sale, quoted sources saying the painting had been sold to Qatari buyers.
Officials in Qatar have not yet confirmed the purchase.
The sheikhdom’s royal family has in recent years spent vast amounts of money on Western art.
Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani, a former minister of
culture who died last year, lavished more than $1bn of the country’s
money on artworks.
Qatar sponsored a 2012 Damien Hirst retrospective in the UK
which later moved to the country’s capital , and has invested large
sums of money financing museums of Islamic and modern Arab art.

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