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NPR asks: 

Can a country just buy its way into the elite world of art collecting and become a global mecca for art buyers? Well, the Gulf nation of Qatar is hoping the answer is yes.

The purchase of The Card Players for more than $250 million is “the cherry on the sundae” for Qatar, which has demonstrated a somewhat insatiable appetite for fine art, says Vanity Fair’s Alexandra Peers in an interview with NPR.

The country has been snapping up priceless pieces of artwork so quickly that Art & Auction magazine named Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, chair of the Qatar Museums Authority, the art world’s most influential person.

Listen to the interview to find out what The Card Players purchase will mean for Qatar and the global art market. The full transcript is available here.

Photo courtesy of Omar Chatriwala.

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