10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World
How far would you go to have a piece art on your wall?
It has been said that some art is “priceless” and pictures can be worth a thousand words, but when it comes to selling works of immeasurable value, some can go as far as paying an amount which some would call too much .
Here are the most expensive paintings ever sold:
10. Masterpiece – Roy Lichtenstein – $165 Million
The tenth most expensive painting in the world is Lichtenstein’s 196 “Masterpiece”. The painting was inspired by comic book illustrations and it was bought by the billionaire and art collector Steven A. Cohen at the price of $165 million!
9. Nu couché – Amedeo Modigliani – $170.4 Million
This is Modigliani’s most famous nude, made public in 1917 at his solo exhibition in Paris. It portrays a naked woman on a red sofa and was purchased for an astronomical Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian for $170.4 million in 2015.
8. Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) – Pablo Picasso – US$179 Million
Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) was part of the 1954-55 series from Picasso called “Les Femmes d’Alger” Until Salvator Mundi broke the record, Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) was the most expensive painting sold at auction for two years. The piece was purchased by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar.
7. Wasserschlangen II – Gustav Klimt – US$180 Million
Wasserschlangen translates to ‘water serpents’. Painted by Gustav Klimt, a popular Austrian painter, it features some gold leaf elements. This painting was also sold to Dmitry Rybolovlev by Yves Bouvier.
6. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) – Mark Rothko – $186 Million
You don’t really need a picture to vision this painting as the title speaks for itself. However, it was painted in 1951 by famous Russian-American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. It was bought by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev from Yves Bouvier. The painting might be even more famous because of the “Bouvier Affair”. Dmitry claims that Yves defrauded him out of hundreds of millions of dollars, charging him too much for multiple paintings, which Yves strongly declares is untrue!
5. Number 17A – Jackson Pollock – $200 Million
This 1948 abstract painting by Jackson Pollock was the second piece of artwork (along with Interchange) bought in a $500 million deal by hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin in 2015.Kenneth spent 500 million dollars on two pieces of art, what would you have done with that amount?
4. Nafea Faa Ipoipo – Paul Gauguin – $210 Million
Translating to ‘when will you marry’, this interesting painting was completed by Paul Gaugain in 1892. It features two women from Tahiti, where Gaugain spent some time. It was reportedly sold to Qatar’s royal family in 2014 for $210 million after two years of negotiations.
3. The Card Players – Paul Cézanne – $250 Million
The third most expensive painting in the world is “The Card Players”, by Paul Cézanna. It’s one of five paintings included in the French master’s 1890s’ series of the same name. It was commissioned by the Royal Family of Qatar in 2011, and it was reported that they paid double the existing record for any artwork to be sold at auction.
2. Interchange – Willem de Kooning – $300 Million
Painted by Dutch American abstract painter, Willem de Kooning, ‘Interchange’ was one of his first abstract landscape works. In September 2015, it was sold to Kenneth Griffin, CEO of Citadel for 300 million USD. “Interchange” is currently displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.
1. Salvator Mundi – Leonardo da Vinci – $450.3 Million
Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb is the most expensive painting in the world! The painting was purchased by King Louis XII of France in 1605, during the same period as the Mona Lisa.
The painting was exhibited in 2011 by the National Gallery of London. The “Savior of the World” was purchased by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism.