The man "who bought London" is breaking money records again but this time in the art world.
Earlier this month, Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger" went on auction at Christie's Auction House in New York and sold for $179 million to a phone bidder. The painting, which is considered by many to be the finest Picasso that is in private hands, smashed world auction records, leading many to wonder: Who was this mysterious bidder?
Sources told the New York Post that the buyer was Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former Qatari prime minister.
The unnamed source also went on to speculate that due to its nudity (albeit cubist) it would probably not be shown in Qatar.
“The painting almost certainly will not go on public display in Qatar because of the nudity, even though it is a cubist work," the source told the New York Post.
The painting, which sold much higher than its $140 million valuation prior to the auction, is expected to hold onto the world record for at least 10 years.