Welk schilderij wordt als eerste voor een miljard verkocht?

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Driehonderd miljoen dollar voor een Gauguin? Geen probleem voor de verzamelaars uit Qatar. Er wordt steeds meer geld betaald voor kunstwerken, waar komt dat door?

Gauguin must be rolling over in his grave

The French painter, who fought all his life to be able to live off his work and ended up destitute and depressed, would be stunned to hear that just over 100 years after his death, his painting Nafea Faa Ipoipo (Tahitian for “When Will You Marry?”) has become the world’s most expensive work of art. Oil-rich Qatar made the acquisition in February for $300 million from Rudolf Staechlin, a retired Switzerland-based businessman and collector who had inherited it from his father.

But this stratospheric price is not just a one-off. It coincides with the unstoppable rise of art prices since the beginning of last decade. And there’s no shortage of examples, including the legal battle between Yves Bouvier and Dmitry Rybolovlev, in which the former is accused of having overcharged the latter, one of the world’s biggest art collectors. At the heart of this scandal are masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, for which the Russian paid $127,5 million, Modigliani’s Nude on a Blue Cushion, also bought from the Geneva-based art dealer for $118 million.

Read the full article: The Unstoppable Art Market: Is A Billion-Dollar Painting On Its Way?
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    • Catherine Cochard