The Most Expensive Paintings Owned By Private Art Collectors

The world is full of beautiful artwork worth millions of dollars. Ancient and modern art alike fills galleries around the globe. There are however a handful of very wealthy art collectors who can afford to own some of the world’s most valuable artwork. Here are some of the most expensive paintings that hang in art collectors homes rather than in galleries and museums.

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Here are some background facts about the art market:

  1. The mose expensive painting ever sold is The Card Players by Paul Cezanne. It fetched a price of $250 million in 2011.
  2. The Mona Lisa has the highest insurance value. It was assessed at $100 Million in 1962. Adjusted for inflation, the value today would be $780 Million.
  3. Art by Van Gogh, Picasso and Andy Warhol are the most sought after high end paintings in the world.
  4. Picasso and Andy Warhol became rich but Van Gogh only sold one painting during his life time. The painting is titled “The Red Painting” which he sold for $1600 (today’s price).
  5. Today, Van Gogh’s artwork altogether could be worth more than $1 Billion. It’s sad but true that an artist’s work is only valuable after he is dead.
  6. David Geffen, Steve Cohen, Eli Broad,  Boris Ivanishvili and Francois Pinault are some of the most ardent collectors of art. Their art collection is reportedly worth more than $1 Billion each.
  7. The most famous and recognizable arts in the world are the Mona Lisa, The Scream and The Last Supper.

1. Rembrandt van Rijn "Portrait of Jan Six", 1654 ($150-$250 Million)

This beautiful portrait was recently valued by an art dealer and is said to be worth between $150 and $250 million. It is owned by 29 year old Jan Six XI. The portrait was of his ancestor, a merchant and the mayor of Amsterdam at the time. It has been passed down his family tree for centuries.

2. Caravaggio "Conversion of Saint Paul", 1600 ($120-$180 Million)

This is one of Caravaggio’s most famous paintings and depicts a very detailed and passionate image of Saint Paul falling off his horse on the way to Damascus. It hangs in Rome and is part of the Odescalchi Balbi Collection. It is worth approximately $120-$180 million. Italy has strict export restrictions with regard to art, which states that paintings by Italian artists owned privately, cannot be sold to any foreign buyers.

3. Pablo Picasso "Les Noces de Pierrette", 1905 ($120-$160 Million)

This famous Picasso work was sold in Paris in 1989 for a mere $51.67 million. In less than 30 years its value had rocketed and it is now worth between $120-160 million.

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4. Vincent van Gogh "Portrait of Doctor Gachet", 1890 ($120-$160 Million)

This portrait by Van Gogh was sold in 1990 for $82.5 million. In the late 1990’s it was sold again, for about $90 million (the exact price is unknown). Rumour has it that it has since been sold yet again to an anonymous art collector for about $100 million. The painting is currently worth between $120 and $160 million. 

5. Andy Warhol "Mao", 1972 ($120 Million)

Andy Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash” was sold for $105 million and is the highest price that any of his paintings have ever been sold for. His portrait “Mao” may break that record as it is apparently for private sale for $120 million. 

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6. Claude Monet "Le bassin aux nymphéas, reflets du saule (reflections of the weeping willow over the water lilies pond)", 1920-26 ($100-$140 Million)

The Water Lily series consists of about 250 paintings.  This particular painting is the most famous Monet in private hands and is worth about $100-$140 million 

7. Pierre Auguste Renoir "Dance at le Moulin de la Gallette", 1876 ($90-$120 Million)

This particular painting is a smaller version of the larger scale painting of the same name. The larger hangs in The Louvre. The smaller was owned by John Hay Whitney. After his death, his widow sold the painting to Ryoei Saito in 1990 for $78.1 million. Saito ran into financial difficulties and had the painting repossessed by the bank. It was then sold to an anonymous Swiss art collector in 1998 for a price said to be less than $78 million. It is currently worth about $90-$120 million.

8. Leonardo da Vinci "Salvator Mundi",1500-1510 ($80-$150 Million)

This painting is attributed to da Vinci so it is still not 100% certain that he actually painted it. However, it is still worth an exorbitant amount of about $80-150 million. It is owned by a private collector in New York.

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9. Wassily Kandinsky "Composition V", 1911 ($80-$120 Million)

This painting is currently worth between $80-120 million. It was last sold in 1998 for about $45 million.

10. Paul Cézanne "Le Mont Sainte-Victoire vu des Lauves", 1904 ($75-$100 Million)

This beautiful painting is of a mountain in southern France and is worth about $75-100 million.

If you are thinking of joining this elite group of private collectors…. You better start saving! Paintings by these great artists do not go cheap. And rightly so…..But if you could afford to buy one of these paintings you are one fortunate collector as the value of these paintings will only go one way: UP!

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