Buyer Of Record-Setting Picasso Revealed

One of Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger,” which recently sold at Christie’s for a record $179 million, could be on its way to Qatar, art-world sources say. The most expensive painting ever sold at auction is said to have been bought by billionaire former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. Sources say that Hamad bin Jassim — also known as HBJ — was the buyer. One source said, “The painting almost certainly will not go on public display in Qatar because of the nudity.” But let’s not feel too superior about our more open American society: when the auction record was reported, Fox News blurred out the painting’s breasts. Philistines are alive and all-too-well everywhere.

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