The royal family of Qatar purchases Paul Cezanne’s Card Players for a record $250 million

NEW YORK, NY.- Forbes published today that it was Vanity Fair who announced the story a few days ago, but it was Josh Baer of BaerFaxt who first broke it in 2011: the purchase of Cezanne’s Card Players for $250 million from the estate of Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos. The amount paid by the Qatari royals dwarfs that of the world’s previous most expensive artwork. Jackson Pollock’s No 5, 1948 was sold to an unknown buyer for £88.7 million in 2006 at the peak of the pre-recession art-buying boom. The first mention of the card players series comes in 1891 when the writer Paul Alexis visited Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence and found the artist painting a local