World’s most expensive work of art sold to Qatar

The world’s most expensive painting could soon be on display in a Qatar museum, according to reports in the US media

Qatari buyers have reportedly purchased a painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist Gauguin for $300 million, – the most ever paid for a work of art.

Nafea Faa Ipoipo, or “When Will You Marry?”, was painted in 1892 and had been owned by a Swiss collector. The New York Times reported that it was sold to a museum in Qatar but so far the purchase has not been confirmed.

Qatar paid the previous highest price for a painting, a work by Paul Cezanne which sold for $259 million.

Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, chairperson of the Qatar Museums Authority, was named in 2013 as the new biggest player in the international art scene, spending $1 billion annually on masterpieces