Astronomical Numbers - 10 Most Expensive Paintings
Updated: Jun 30
Salvator Mundi - Leonardo da Vinci ( $450 Million)
Leonardo da Vinci's depiction of Jesus Christ holding a crystal ball is the most expensive painting in the world! The painting was commissioned by King Louis XII of France in 1605. It disappeared from all records between 1763 and 1900 until it was rediscovered by a group of British art dealers in 2005. Purchasing the painting for $10,000 they spent six years studying and restoring its history before revealing it was a Da Vinci painting.
“Savior of the World” (Salvator Mundi) was purchased by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Interchange - Willem de Kooning ($300 Million)
It is an abstract expressionist oil painting on canvas by Dutch-American painter Willem de Kooning (1904-1997). The painting measures 200.7 x 175.3 centimeters and was completed in 1955. The work, which was sold for 4000 USD by the artist in 1955, was sold by the David Geffen Foundation to Kennet C. Griffin for 300 million USD in September 2015 and first ranked in the list of the most expensive paintings for USD.
The Card Players – Paul Cézanne ($250 Million)
The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by French Post Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne. There are five paintings in the series, which were painted during Cezannes' final period in the early 1890s.
A version of The Card Players was sold to the Qatari Royal Family in 2011 for an estimated price of $250 million, a new mark for the highest ever price for a painting, and it wasn't surpassed until November 2017.
Nafea Faa Ipoipo – Paul Gauguin ($210 Million)
The French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin drew this work while on his first trip to Tahiti. It was one of many paintings of the indigenous woman on the island, and its title was “When Will You Get Married?” means. The painting previously referred to as the world's most expensive painting was sold for $210 million in 2015 after two years of negotiations.
Number 17A – Jackson Pollock ( $200 Million)
Number 17A is an abstract expressionist painting by Jackson Pollock. The painting is oil paint on chipboard, a drop of paint created by splashing paint on a horizontal surface. It is owned by hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin, who bought it for $200 million.
No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) - Mark Rothko ($186 Million)
No. 6 (Violet, Green, and Red) is a painting by Latvian-American abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko. It was painted in 1951. Like other works by Rothko from this period, No. 6 also consists of large color widths. It is bordered by irregular, hazy shadows. It became one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction in 2014.
Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit – Rembrandt ($180 Million)
The pendant portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit are the wedding portrait. They were painted on the occasion of the marriage of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit in 1634. These works, which used to belong to the Rothschild Family, became the property of the Louvre Museum and Rijksmuseum in 2015.
Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) – Pablo Picasso ( $179.4 Million)
Les Femmes d'Alger is a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Created in 1954-1955, the series is inspired by Eugene Delacroix's 1834 painting The Algerian Women in their Apartments. In 1956 the entire Les Femmes d'Alger line was purchased by Victor and Sally Ganz from Galerie Louise Leiris in Paris for $212,500. Ten paintings from the series were later sold by Ganz to the Saidenberg Gallery.
Nu couché - Amedeo Modigliani ($170.4 Million)
This is Modigliani's most famous nude photograph that went public at his solo exhibition in Paris in 1917. It depicts a naked woman on a red sofa. However, this version was bought by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian for an astronomical number. He reportedly purchased the piece in a single transaction using the American Express Card.
Masterpiece - Roy Lichtenstein ($165 Million)
The painting was inspired by comic book illustrations “Whaam!” and "Look, Mickey". In 2017, the painting was sold for $165 million. The masterpiece is considered a joke reflecting Lichtenstein's own career. In the picture, the blonde woman's speech bubble reads, "Why, Brad darling, This picture is a masterpiece! God, soon you'll have all of New York clamoring for your work." one corner of his back is quoting his words while looking at the painting shown.
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