Bacon in Qatar?

A couple of weeks ago, Francis Bacon’s ‘Lucian Freud’ triptych officially became the most expensive artwork every paid for at auction at Christie’s, breaking the record established by Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ in May 2012 (click here fore more information).

One question remains: who paid the astounding $142 million ? Rumour has it that the Sheikha Al Mayassa bought the artwork. The 30 year old topped the Art Review Power 100 list this year ahead of art dealers such as Larry Gagosian, David Zwirmer and Iwan Hirth . As the head of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), Sheikha Al-Mayassa (whose brother Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani became emir of the Gulf state earlier this year, following their father’s abdication), is indeed quite ahead of the competition with an  budget of  $1 billion per year to spend on art (roughly 30 times what MoMA spent on artwork in its last financial year).

Confirmation will come if we get a chance to see it alongside the 11 Rothkos and  Paul Cézanne’s ‘The Card Players’, acquired by the Royal Family of Qatar, or in one of the museums built to establish the country as a cultural power house.

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