In February 2015, ‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)’, by the French artist Paul Gauguin, became the most expensive painting ever purchased. Originally painted back in 1892, the artwork was sold to an unknown buyer, rumoured to be the State of Qatar. The exact price paid is unknown, but is believed to be around $300 million.
The oil painting depicts two Tahitian girls, one dressed in traditional clothes and one in a Western-style dress. The girl in traditional dress has a flower behind her left ear, which critics have suggested indicates that she is seeking a husband. Despite its immense value, Gauguin’s painting was met with relative indifference during his life.