Below is a list of the most expensive paintings in the world. Some of these paintings are by famous artists, such as Picasso and Dali, but there are many other artists who have made amazingly expensive works of art.
The most expensive painting sold at auction was “The Women of Algiers (Les Femmes d’Alger)” by Pablo Picasso which sold for $179 million in May 2015. The artwork has been displayed at museums worldwide, including in New York, Paris and London.
This is a comprehensive list of the highest prices paid for paintings ever sold at auctions. The prices listed below are either the final price or the second highest price paid for each painting.
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Pablo Picasso: Women of Algiers (Version O) ($179 million)
Salvador Dalí: The Spell ($149 million)
Jackson Pollock: Blue Poles ($140 million)
Mark Rothko: White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) ($138.4 million)
Francis Bacon: Three Studies of Lucian Freud ($142.4 million)
Willem de Kooning: Interchange ($137
This is a list of the most expensive paintings sold at a public auction. The highest price ever paid for a painting was $300 million in Christie’s Auction on November 12, 2015.
The highest price ever paid for a painting was the $300 million that Christie’s auctioned “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo Da Vinci in November of 2017. It sold to an anonymous buyer.
The two most expensive paintings are “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” by Francis Bacon, sold for $142,405,000 and “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” by Amedeo Modigliani which sold for $170,000,000. The artist with the most entries on this list is Picasso with 5 paintings.*(figures updated periodically)*
What do you think is the most expensive painting in the world? If you guessed a Picasso, you’re right. What if I told you it wasn’t “Guernica”? Or how about “The Card Players”? You’d be surprised to learn that the most expensive painting ever sold was created by a little-known artist whose name most people don’t recognize: Peter Paul Rubens.
Titled “Massacre of the Innocents,” this 1611 painting was purchased for $76.5 million by David and Peggy Rockefeller in 2002. The Rockefellers donated the painting to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where it has been on display since 2003.
The second-most expensive painting was created by Vincent Van Gogh during his “Arles” period between 1888 and 1889. Titled “Portrait of Doctor Gachet,” this oil-on-canvas piece sold at Christie’s auction house in 1990 for $82.5 million to Ryoei Saito, the largest amount ever paid for a piece of art at that time.
Beautiful art is a term that encompasses any form of art that gives pleasure to anyone who experiences it. The art in this category could be paintings, sculptures, drawings, digital images and so on.
The history of art is the history of human creativity. In this article we will focus on art produced in the Western culture.
Beautiful art is subjective. What one person may find to be beautiful, another may not. For example, some people may find a painting by Vincent Van Gogh to be breathtakingly beautiful while others may claim that it has no aesthetic value at all.
This article will only mention those artists whose works are considered to be among the best ever made, irrespective of their popularity or commercial value.
1. Leonardo da Vinci – $450 million
2. Salvator Mundi – $450 million
3. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II – $135 million
4. Garçon à la pipe – $104 million
5. Dora Maar au Chat – $95 million
6. L’Origine du monde – $92 million
7. The Card Players – $90 million
8. Double Portrait of Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach – $90 million
Highest Priced Paintings
1. “The Scream” by Edvard Munch- Sold for $119,922,500 (2012)
2. “Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur” by Alberto Giacometti- Sold for $104,168,000 (2010)
3. “When Will You Marry” by Pablo Picasso- Sold for $104,068,881 (May 2015)
4. “The Card Players” by Paul Cézanne- Sold for $102,481,250 (2011)
5. “Les Femmes D’Alger (Version ‘O’)” by Pablo Picasso- Sold for $100,312,500 (May 2015)
6. “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” by Francis Bacon- Sold for $85,302,500 (Nov 2013)
7. “No. 5, 1948″ by Jackson Pollock- Sold for $80,882,500 (May 2011)
8. “Garçon à la pipe” by Pablo Picasso- Sold for $71,112,500 (2004)
9. “Dalila Sur La Plage De Boulogne–Solitude” By Gustave Cour
More and more people are looking for beautiful art for their homes, and are willing to pay handsomely for it. While paintings have always been popular, there are a number of trendy factors that are influencing the market and pushing prices higher than ever.
Through the centuries, the best artists have always painted their most important work in their prime. Now that so many artists have been discovered long after they died, something that might sell for $1 million at auction when it was done in the artist’s lifetime might sell for $100 million now.
Tastes do change in art over time, so even if a painting sells for $100 million today, it may not be worth anything in a hundred years. But collectors don’t mind taking that risk because they can pass down their paintings to future generations without paying taxes or selling them in order to keep up with inflation.
It’s also helpful to know who you’re buying from. If you want to buy a valuable piece of art from someone who is not a reputable dealer, then you should research their background before doing business with them.
Artistry is timeless, but trends will come and go as long as there are buyers who want these pieces.*”
The painting is a portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1929-1994), the wife of John F Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. It was painted by Andy Warhol in 1962. The work was sold at Sotheby’s on November 20, 2013 for $17.4 million, which is among the highest prices paid for a work by Warhol at auction.
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