Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold In The World
During the pre 19th century, many famous works in the history of fine art were either under private ownership or went into the hands of museums or any art gallery and exhibited for patrons. However, some private sales started to happen in the late 19th century fetching a lot of money. Given below is a list of the most expensive paintings which rocked the market:
10. Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) By Andy Warhol ($105.4 million)
Created in 1963, Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) is the famous and most expensive work of the pioneer of Pop art, Andy Warhol paintings. Famous for his abstract art work as well as his black and white paintings, Warhol`s creation fetched $105.4 million after being sold off at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York, in November 2013. It is a 3.96 meter long portrait which covers the instant consequence of a car accident.
9. Nude, Green Leaves And Bust Painting By Pablo Picasso ($106.5 million)
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust are the 1932 masterpiece of Pablo Picasso and is also one of the many portraits of his love, Marie Therese Walter, drawn by him. The portrait drawn on lilac and vibrant blue background remained in the custody of art collectors Sidney and Francis Brody for half a dozen decades, before it was sold for $106.5 million in an auction through the Christie`s Auction House in May 2010. The painting is 5 feet tall. Right now, the portrait is in a show at London’s Tate Modern gallery along with Picasso’s some other incredible works from their collections.
8. Flag By Jasper Johns ($110 million)
Painted by a 24 year old American army officer Jasper Johns, just 2 years after his retirement from service in 1955, the Flag is one of the numerous creations of the artist which is inspired by the U.S national flag. The work is done on three different canvases using newsprint collage work, oil paints and encaustic painting (hot wax painting) and mounted on a plywood board. The 48 stars on the flag are non-identical. He created this portrait after seeing the American flag in his dream. This creation was exhibited in a Johns’ first individual exhibition in 1958 at Leo Castelli Gallery. The painting fetched $110 million after being sold by Jean Christophe Castelli to Steven Cohen in March 2010.
7. The Scream Painting By Edvard Munch ($119.9 million)
Edvard Munch, a Norwegian painter, created this expensive painting in 1895, was originally named as Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature). It is one among the four versions created by Munch from 1893 to 1910. They are actually the same landscape paintings, depicting a figure with an awed expression beholding the vibrant orange landscape used as the background but with two painted and two pastel versions. This fourth pastel version was sold for a $119.9 million by Petter Ollsen to financier Leon Black through Sotheby`s Auction House in May 2012. The 1893 painted and pastel versions are in National Gallery, Oslo and Munch Museum respectively. The 1910 painted version is also at the Munch Museum.
6. The Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt ($135 million)
The first of the two portraits of Adele Bloch- Bauer painted by the Vienna Secession member, Gustav Klimt in 1907 claimed a high position among the most expensive ranks for being the elegant masterpiece of Klimt from his golden phase. Extensive use of the complex as well as elaborate ornamentation of gold and silver along with oil on canvas is evident in the portrait. The portrait was confiscated by the Austrian Government from the uncle of a certain Maria Altman and Adele`s husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. Eventually, Maria received ownership of the painting from the government and sold it to Ronald Lauder of Neue Galerie in a private sale via Christie`s Auction House for $135 million in 2006.
5. Woman III By Willem De Kooning ($137.5 million)
Woman III, whose central theme is a woman, is one among the series of six paintings by artist Willem De Kooning painted between 1951 and 1953. The measurement of this painting is 68 by 48 1⁄2 inches. This abstract painting was previously owned by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. It was sold for a record amount of $137.5 million by David Geffen to the millionaire Steve Wynn privately through Larry Gagosian in November, 2006. It was done in 1953.
4. Number 5, 1948 By Jackson Pollock ($140 million)
Number 5, 1948 is the magnum opus of the American abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock. The painting resembles a nest like structure made by dripping a thin fiber board sheet with thick layers of brown and yellow. It was sold privately through Sotheby`s Auction house allegedly to David Martinez by David Geffen for about $140 million in November, 2006. The buyer, though, denied that he ever bought the masterpiece.
3. Three Studies Of Lucian Freud By Francis Bacon ($142.4 million)
The 1969 oil on canvas portrait of artist Lucian Freud of his close friend and artistic rival, Francis Bacon was a champion’s work. The three canvas triptych portrays the abstract art form that Bacon is famous for with Freud sitting on a cane-bottomed chair in a cage on a mottled brown surface with an orange background. The painting made its way to the third rank in this list, as it was sold for about $142.4 million by Francesco De Simone Niquesa to Elaine Wynn in New York, in November 2013.
2. La Reve (The Dream) By Pablo Picasso ($155 million)
The Dream or La Reve in French is the most sensual creation of the great painter Pablo Picasso. The painting created in 1932 has the artist’s 22 year old mistress Marie-Therese Walter as the protagonist. It depicts the early period of Fauvism with simplified outlines, distorted depictions and contrasting colors. It was finished by Picasso in just one afternoon. This painting was sold for $155 million on March 26, 2013 by Steve Wynn in a private sale to Steve A. Cohen of SAC Capital.
1. The Card Players by Paul Cezanne Is The Most Expensive Painting In The World
The last of the famous series of five oil paintings, namely, The Card Players by Paul Cezanne, dating back to the early 1890s, occupy the first position in this list. This masterpiece was sold for a record $269.4 million by George Embiricos to the Royal family of Qatar by a private deal in April 2011. The painting created by using oil on canvas portrays two drunken gamblers engrossed in a game of cards. It is considered as one of the finest samples of Post Impressionism.