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Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings in The World

Do you like art and really care about it? There are many beautiful paintings around the world that are incredibly amazing and fascinate you when you see them, but do you imagine that some of these paintings cost millions of dollars? Such paintings are sold at auctions or they are privately sold for millions of dollars which may be unbelievable for some people.

The main factors that make these paintings costly are being very old, rare or painted by famous artists who are renowned for their unique pieces of art. If you are curious about these paintings and want to know more about those artists who painted them and their prices which are really imaginary, take a look at these top 10 most expensive paintings that are presented to you here. Decide which one is the best and deserves to cost all of this money.

10. Anna’s Light – $105.7 Million

Newman painting in gallery

It was painted by Barnett Newman in 1968. It was privately sold by DIC Corp. on October 4, 2013. The price of this painting is estimated to be approximately $105.7 million.

9. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust – $106.5 Million

It was created in 1932 by Pablo Picasso who is one of the most renowned artists in the whole world. It was sold on May 4, 2010 by Frances Lasker Brody estate at Christie’s New York for $106.5 million.

8. Flag – $110 Million

This flag was painted by Jasper Johns in 1954. It was privately sold by Jean-Christophe Castelli to Steven A. Cohen in March 2010 for just $110 million.

7. The Scream – $119.9 Million

This painting was created in 1895 by Edvard Munch. It was sold at Sotheby’s, New York on May 2, 2012 by Petter Olsen to Leon Black. The cost of this painting is $119.9 million.

6. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I – $135 Million

It was painted in 1907 by Gustav Klimt. It was privately sold at Christie’s by Maria Altmann to Ronald Lauder, Neue Galerie on June 18, 2006. This painting was bought for just $135 million.

5. Woman III – $137.5 Million

This painting was created by Willem de Kooning in 1953. It was sold on November 18, 2006 by David Geffen to Steven A Cohen at a private sale through Larry Gagosian. The price of this painting is $137.5 million.

4. No. 5, 1948 – $140 Million

It was painted by Jackson Pollock in 1948 and this is why the painting is called No. 5, 1948. It was privately sold at Sotheby’s by David Geffen to David Martinez and this was on November 2, 2006. This painting costs $140 million.

3. Three Studies of Lucian Freud – $142.4 Million

It was painted by Francis Bacon in 1969 and was sold on November 12, 2013. The painting was purchased by Elaine Wynn who is the ex-wife of Steve Wynn and this was at Christie’s, New York. It was sold for $142.4 million.

2. Le Rêve – $155 Million

It is ranked as the 2nd most expensive painting on our list and is also the 2nd most expensive painting to be presented here by Pablo Picasso. Le Rêve was painted in 1932 and was privately sold by Steve Wynn to Steven A. Cohen for $155 million on March 26, 2013.

1. The Card Players – $259 Million

Here is the most expensive painting in the whole world till now. It is in fact a series of five oil paintings that differ in their sizes and the number of card players that are depicted in them. These paintings were painted by Paul Cezanne and the only version that was privately sold was painted in 1892/93. This painting was purchased by the royal family of the State of Qatar in April 2011 for approximately $259 million to be the most expensive painting ever sold.

Mia Johnson

Meet Mia Johnson, a seasoned artist with over 20 years of experience in the art industry. Mia has dedicated her career to following, checking, and critiquing the works of other artists, helping them to hone their craft and reach their full potential. Her passion for art began at a young age, and she went on to study fine arts at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduation, Mia worked as a gallery assistant, where she gained valuable experience in the art world and developed a keen eye for spotting emerging talent. She went on to become an art critic for several major publications, including Artforum and Art in America, and has written extensively on contemporary art and culture. Mia is also a sought-after speaker and lecturer, and has given talks at museums, galleries, and universities around the world. In her free time, Mia enjoys painting, drawing, and exploring new art forms and techniques. She is passionate about helping artists of all levels to achieve their goals and reach their full potential, and is always on the lookout for new talent to discover and promote.
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