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Sale of Swiss-owned Gauguin painting shrouded in secrecy

Swiss owners of famous Gauguin painting confirms sale, stay mum on price and buyer

In this Feb. 6, 2015 picture women look at the painting  "Nafea faa ipoipo?" (1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen,...

Switzerland Gauguin Painting

In this Feb. 6, 2015 picture women look at the painting "Nafea faa ipoipo?" (1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen,...

BERLIN (AP) -- The Swiss owners of one of French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin's most famous works from his time in Tahiti say they've sold the painting, but won't reveal the price or buyer.

Ruedi Staehelin, who speaks for the Staehelin Family Trust, confirmed to The Associated Press only that the oil painting, called "Nafea faa ipoipo?" -- Tahitian for "When will you marry?" -- showing two women has been sold.

Citing unidentied art world insiders, Swiss media had reported earlier this week that the painting was bought by Qatari royalty for $300 million, making it the most expensive painting ever.

In an interview with Swiss paper Basler Zeitung published Saturday, Staehelin was quoted as saying about the price: "It's clear, that it isn't just a figure in the double-digit millions."


Updated : 2021-09-20 00:15 GMT+08:00