The best part of being a royal in today’s age of democracy is that you have all glory of being a part of the monarchy and spend well on arts and culture. That is exactly the royal family of Qatar has done as they purchased Cezanne’s painting titled The Card Players for well over $250 million, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold. Sold last year by Greek shipping tycoon George Embiricos, the sale details, however, are quite sketchy.
Part of a five-series post-impressionist work, the other four paintings from a part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay, the Courtauld, and the Barnes Foundation. The other paintings in the country’s portfolio include Rothko’s White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose), 1950, worth $72.8 million in 2007, Damien Hirst’s Lullaby Spring, 2002 worth £9.2 million ($14.5 million), both purchased in 2007.