The record for the sale of painting has been broken with the £300m sale of Paul Gauguin’s Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) Gaugin died penniless in 1903.

Retired Sotheby’s executive and art collector Rudolf Staechelin sold the piece, reportedly to state-financed Qatar Museums, breaking the previous record of $259 million for The Card Players by Paul Cezanne which also went to a buyer in Qatar.

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