Unconfirmed reports suggest it was sold to a museum in Qatar. However, Qatar has not yet confirmed the purchase. The small oil-rich state paid the previous highest price for a painting, a work by Paul Cezanne which sold for USD 259 millon.

Before its sale, the Gaugin artwork had been owned by Rudolf Staechelin, a collector from Switzerland's third most populous city, Basel.

Gauguin’s Tahiti-period paintings are among the most admired and coveted artworks of the Post-Impressionist period. This particular piece, focusing on the enigmatic interplay between two girls in a Polynesian landscape, was painted during the first of the artist’s two spells living in Tahiti.

The painting will still be on display at a special Gauguin exhibition opening this month in Basel at the Beyeler Foundation and then the collection will travel to the Reina Sofía museum in Madrid and the Phillips Collection in Washington.

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