The 10 Most Expensive
Paintings Ever Sold

Whether you are into art or not, you have to admit that the paintings created by some of the best artists in history, are rather intriguing. What they are worth, even more so! The 10 most expensive paintings ever sold are all beautiful works. You will be amazed at what they were sold for.....

most expensive paintings

1. The Card Players $250 Million

The Post Impressionist artist, Paul Cézanne, created the masterpiece, “The Card Players” in 1892/3. Over 120 years old, “The Card Players” is in perfect condition and hangs in the palace of the Royal Family of Qatar. They bought the work in 2011 for $250 million. The painting is now worth approximately $258.4 million.

2. La Rêve (The Dream) $155 Million

La Rêve (The Dream) is a gorgeous oil painting by Pablo Picasso, painted in 1932. The painting is quite sexual and is said to portray Marie-Thérèse Walter, Picasso’s young lover at the time.

This painting was first sold in 1941 for $7000 to Victor and Sally Ganz who resided in New York. It was then sold in 1997 to Wolfgang Flöttl. He sold the painting in 2001 to Steve Wynn for an undisclosed amount.

Wynn damaged the painting in 2006 during what seems to have been a bit of a raucous party at his house. It was subsequently repaired and then sold to Steven Cohen in 2013 for $155 million. Steven Cohen, a keen art collector and founder of SAC Capital Advisors, has a net worth of $9.3 billion and owns 3 of the top 10 most expensive paintings ever sold.

3. Three Studies of Lucian Freud $142.4 Million

This work by Francis Bacon is the most expensive painting ever sold at an auction. The last buyer is unknown, but it is said that he/she bought the painting for $142.4 million in 2013.

4. Number 5, 1948 $140 Million

Jackson Pollock is the artist responsible for this abstract work of 1948. It is currently the most expensive contemporary painting that has ever been sold. It was sold by David Geffen in 2006 for $140 million. The buyer is unknown.

5. Woman III $137.5 Million

Woman III was painted in 1952-53 by the Dutch American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning. It was also part of David Geffen’s amazing art collection and was sold in 2006 to Steven Cohen for $137.5 million.

6. Adele Bloch-Bauer I $135 Million

Painted in 1907 by Gustav Klimt, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” was a portrait commissioned by her husband. Her will stated that upon her death, her portrait is to be donated to the Austrian State Gallery.

However, after her death the Nazi’s invaded Austria, which urged her husband to flee to Switzerland. In 2006, an Austrian panel of judges declared that the painting be given to Maria Altmann, a niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer. It was sold to Ronald Lauder for $135 million in 2006.

7. The Scream $119.9 Million

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch is a series of four versions of the same composition but painted in different tones. The most colourful of the versions was sold in 2012 for $119.9 million. The buyer remains anonymous.

8. Flag $110 Million

Jasper Johns painted the American “Flag” in 1958 when he was 24 years old. It was bought by Steven Cohen in 2010 for $110 million. 

9. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust $106.5 Million

Another work by Picasso, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” was formerly owned by Mrs Sidney F. Brody. It was sold at auction in 2010 for $106.5 million. The buyer remains anonymous.

10. Silver Car Crash [Double Disaster] $105.4 Million

The Pop Artist, Andy Warhol, created this work in 1932. It is the most expensive work of his that has ever been sold. The buyer remains anonymous, but bought the work in 2013 for $105.4 million.

Its amazing how much these arts are worth! Most of them can only be owned by billionaires and multi-millionaires as they are the only ones who can afford to purchase one. If only the artists who created these paintings were still around today to enjoy the money their works are worth.

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