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The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

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generally they marvel at their ability to change their mood and make them think. Art takes us out of the world and celebrates creativity and human ingenuity. It is a conduit for so much emotion, life experience and contemplation.

  Most art fanatics cannot afford to spend exorbitant amounts of money on the masters' art, but they would probably be interested in owning these exquisite paintings if they had unlimited funds. These absurdly expensive paintings are unquestionably status symbols for the ultra rich, but they are much more than that. They have been appreciated for their beauty and individuality.

  Fortunately, many very wealthy "percentages" finally decide to donate or lend expensive paintings to museums or art galleries, so that everyone can enjoy them.

  10. Roy Lichtenstein's masterpiece - $ 165 million

Roy Fox Lichtenstein (/ˈlɪktənˌstaɪn/; October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody.

Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting".His paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City.

  This iconic pop art painting was created in 1962. Roy Lichtenstein was one of the pioneers of pop art, together with Andy Warhol, and was known for producing works with an optimistic vibe, while Warhol sometimes went to the dark side . 

Lichtenstein tended to maintain his typical comic style while Andy experimented. Despite their differences, these two famous artists, both deceased, will be united forever, thanks to their memorable, and thus collectible, contribution to the Pop Art movement.

  Masterpiece with printed facsimiles of the distinctive points of Ben-Day found in the comics of the 1950s. These compact colored dots were named by a printer and illustrator named Benjamin Henry Day.

  So who had enough money to buy this legendary painting for $ 165 million? Well, a multi-million dollar hedge fund, of course. His name is Steve Cohen and he paid this princely sum for Masterpiece in 2017. Cohen owns a range of exceptional paintings. His net worth is through the roof. He's the type of person who lists his New York residence for $ 33.5 million, and was once the center of a fairly serious insider scandal.

  9. Nu Couché by Amedeo Modigliani - $ 170.4 million worth

  This famous painting was produced in 1917 and is a nude oil on canvas by an Italian master. Created over a hundred years ago, its sensuality surprised and hypnotized art fans when it was first exhibited in Paris. The works of art were part of an important series of Modigliani's paintings, which gave a modern touch to the traditional nude. It is an expressionist work of art that was the largest painting that Amedeo Modigliani ever produced.

  In 2015, Christie auctioned this one-off piece for a staggering $ 170.4 million. Now known for its high price and its ability to scandalize art lovers in 1917, it is a perfect example of the artist's unique portrait style, which focused mainly on women with almond-shaped eyes and elongated face shapes. . His paintings and sculptures defied western standards of beauty. The artist had a tragic ending at the young age of 35, due to tuberculosis. After his death, his lover, who was expecting a baby, committed suicide.

  This masterpiece was purchased by a man named Liu Yiqian, who used to drive a taxi. He is known for paying record prices to access exceptional paintings.

  8. Les Femmes d 'Alger (Version O) by Pablo Picasso - $ 179.4 million worth

25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by German and Italian airforces during the Spanish Civil War.

  Version O is part of Pablo Picasso's "Women of Algiers" series. The series consisted of 100 drawings, plus 14 paintings, and all the pieces in the series were created in 1954 or 1955. Version O was the final work of the series.

  The Picasso series referred to a painting by Delacroix, which in his department was called The women of Algiers. In French, "women of Algiers" is "femmes d’Alger". Delacroix's painting inspired Picasso. He represented concubines in an Algerian harem. Picasso was determined to make his version of the painting he loved and did it, with masterful results.

  Version O is considered the most accomplished work in Picasso's Les Femmes d'Algers series. Christie auctioned this unforgettable painting in 2015 and kept the buyer silent, but experts reported that it was Hamad bin Jassim, who was the Prime Minister of Qatar.

  7. Suspended portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit by Rembrandt - $ 180 million worth

Rembrandt never went abroad, but he was considerably influenced by the work of the Italian masters and Netherlandish artists who had studied in Italy, like Pieter Lastman, the Utrecht Caravaggists, Flemish Baroque, and Peter Paul Rubens.

After he achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt's later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high,and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters.[

  Rembrandt painted these full-length bridal portraits of a couple in 1634. Maerten and Oopjen probably had no idea that their bridal portraits, always exhibited together, would someday auction the astronomical price of $ 180 million. . Although they didn't know how valuable their portraits are in pairs, they were probably just as fascinated by the artist's talent as other Rembrandt fans.

  These magnificent examples of 17th century art belonged to the Rothschild family, until the Netherlands and France came together to purchase portraits for a great deal of money. The Netherlands and France take turns showing off double masterpieces.

  Rembrandt's style has evolved a lot during his lifetime, but his work in general is known for his intensity. There was a psychological component in the way he studied his subjects. The light, the technique, the plot and the situations of his work are infinitely fascinating.

  6. No. 6 (Purple, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko - $ 186 million worth

 Mark Rothko was born in Daugavpils, Latvia (then in the Russian Empire). His father, Jacob (Yakov) Rothkowitz, was a pharmacist and intellectual who initially provided his children with a secular and political, rather than religious, upbringing. According to Rothko, his Marxist father was "violently anti-religious".In an environment where Jews were often blamed for many of the evils that befell Russia, Rothko's early childhood was plagued by fear.

Despite Jacob Rothkowitz's modest income, the family was highly educated ("We were a reading family", Rothko's sister recalled),[3] and Rothko spoke Lithuanian Yiddish (Litvish), Hebrew and Russian.[citation needed] Following his father's return to the Orthodox Judaism of his own youth, Rothko, the youngest of four siblings, was sent to the cheder at age five, where he studied the Talmud, although his elder siblings had been educated in the public school system

 Minimalist modernity can be extremely compelling and this Rothko contemporary masterpiece stands out for its sober simplicity. The artist created his paintings to inspire the contemplation of those who saw them.

  Rothko often wanted his pieces to be exhibited in smaller rooms, without flashy lighting, as he believed that compact environments with discreet lighting would facilitate the absorption of the work by art enthusiasts. Although its style is modern, it is never cold or clinical. In fact, he was passionate about drawing the strongest emotions from those who looked at his canvases. I really wanted people to feel something.

  Then. ° 6 (purple, green and red) stands out for its outlined composition and foggy tones. The painting was created in 1951. Rothko would not adhere to the rules of the artistic movement, but most art experts place his works in the category of abstract impressionists.

  Dmitry Rybolovlev purchased this abstract work in 2014 for 140 million euros, which equates to 186 million dollars. The Russian billionaire who bought the number 6 was subsequently arrested during a large-scale corruption investigation that took place in Munich.

  5. Jackson Pollock issue 17A - $ 200 million worth

He was widely noticed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface ('drip technique'), enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. It was also called 'action painting', since he used the force of his whole body to paint, often in a frenetic dancing style. This extreme form of abstraction divided the critics: some praised the immediacy of the creation, while others derided the random effects. In 2016, Pollock's painting titled Number 17A was reported to have fetched US$200 million in a private purchase.


A reclusive and volatile personality, Pollock struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy. Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving.

In December 1956, four months after his death, Pollock was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. A larger, more comprehensive exhibition of his work was held there in 1967. In 1998 and 1999, his work was honored with large-scale retrospective exhibitions at MoMA and at The Tate in London.

  This abstract expressionist work pays off. It is safe to say that most painters do not end up producing paintings that reach $ 200 million at auction. All those jokes about hungry artists have a grain of truth. The unfortunate thing in the art world is that most artists don't actually get these huge sums of money for their work, because their art is traded as stocks and bonds.

  The New York Times reported that art dealers were raised when this painting was sold, along with De Kooning, for $ 200 million. The total expense for this private sale of both paintings was $ 500 million. The art market had been depressed and this sale seemed to indicate brighter days.

  Ken Griffin is believed to have purchased both paintings from music and entertainment mogul David Geffen. Ken is another type of hedge fund. The sale had a major media impact in 2016. The Pollock painting was produced in 1948 and is a perfect representation of Jackson's Pollock teardrop style, from which he later moved.

  4. Paul Cezanne card players - $ 250 million worth

Cézanne is said to have formed the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. Cézanne's often repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. He used planes of colour and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields. The paintings convey Cézanne's intense study of his subjects. Both Matisse and Picasso are said to have remarked that Cézanne "is the father of us all".

  This painting is part of a series of Cézanne and Qatar bought it for about $ 250 million. When the deal was concluded in 2012, it was the largest sum of money ever paid for a work of art.

  This particular painting depicted a couple of French peasants participating in a card game. The series featured five paintings in total. The other four can be found in a variety of world-class museums, including New York's MOMA and London's Courtauld.

  Cézanne liked to paint landscapes, fantasy and figures. Although he was related to Pissarro and had a role in developing Pissarro's impressionist style, Cézanne's work was contemporary, making classification difficult. He was an ancestor of Cubism and Fauvism.

  3. Paul Gauguin's Nafea Faa Ipoipo - $ 300 million worth

  In Tahitian, the title of this impressive masterpiece means "Will you marry me?" The painting is the work of the post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, whose work was not acclaimed until his death in 1903.

  Gauguin was a French artist recognized for his innovative style. He created oil paintings and engravings and also worked on stone and wood.

 This particular painting dates back to 1892 and for 50 years was loaned to a museum in Basel, Switzerland. Gauguin liked the primitive and enjoyed painting outdoors. He was known for the expressive use of color.

The vogue for Gauguin's work started soon after his death. Many of his later paintings were acquired by the Russian collector Sergei Shchukin.A substantial part of his collection is displayed in the Pushkin Museum and the Hermitage.

Gauguin paintings are rarely offered for sale, their prices reaching tens of millions of US dollars in the saleroom when they are offered. His 1892 Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) became the world's third-most expensive artwork when its owner, the family of Rudolf Staechelin, sold it privately for US$210 million in September 2014. The buyer is believed to be the Qatar Museums.[

  The Qatar Museums, in its quest to become a world power in the museum game, was believed to be the buyer, although the sale was a secret. The bill for this painting was $ 300 million. The sale took place in 2015, which was certainly a crucial year for the crazy prices of art.


  2. Exchange of Willem de Kooning - $ 300 million worth


In the years following the Second World War, De Kooning painted in a style called abstract expressionism, or "action painting", and was part of a group of artists who became known as the New York School. Other painters in this group included Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, Nell Blaine, Adolph Gottlieb, Anne Ryan, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, Clyfford Still and Richard Pousette. Dart. De Kooning's retrospective held at MoMa in 2011-2012 made him one of the best known artists of the 20th century.

  This work of art can also be called Interchanged and was painted with oil on canvas in 1995. Its creator, Willem de Kooning, was born in 1905 and lived until 1997. It was Dutch-American and painted in the style of Impressionism abstract. .

  The latter and greatest teacher now has the distinction of creating the second most expensive painting of all time. Interchange sold for $ 300 million in 2015. It was sold by David Geffen to his ultra-wealthy partner, Ken Griffin, as part of a half-billion-dollar deal for Intercharge and a Jackson Pollock painting, Issue 17A, which he will remember previously touched. .

  This artist has been revered, thanks to his gestural style, which truly embodies abstract impressionism. He used vigorous traits to create dramatically abstract paintings that blended expressionism, surrealism and cubism.

  1. Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi - $ 450.3 million worth

  Now we come to the most expensive painting of all time. It is the work of the visionary master Leonardo da Vinci. A painting must be overly special to sell for $ 450.3 million and Salvator Mundi is very special, in part because this captivating and captivating masterpiece has a great history of origin.

  Considered perhaps the most surprising artistic rediscovery of this century, painting has existed for 500 years. 

Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, in Vinci, in the region of Florence, Italy, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Italian painter Andrea del Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan, and he later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice. He spent his last three years in France, where he died in 1519.

Leonardo is renowned primarily as a painter. The Mona Lisa is the most famous of his works and the most famous portrait ever made.[5] The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time and his Vitruvian Man drawing is also regarded as a cultural icon.

Salvator Mundi was sold for a world record $450.3 million at a Christie's auction in New York, 15 November 2017, the highest price ever paid for a work of art.

Leonardo's paintings and preparatory drawings—together with his notebooks, which contain sketches, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting—compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary Michelangelo

It has re-emerged and has been carefully restored. Doubts have been raised about its authenticity, but it has been authenticated. The complete history of its provenance is long and colorful and too detailed to be shared here, but it is fascinating.

  Believed to have been painted for the French king Louis XII, the painting changed hands of blue blood several times and then disappeared for two centuries.

 When he reappeared, many thought it was an out of place original disguised as excessive paint. In 2017, a Saudi prince split up with over $ 450 million to become the owner of this exciting masterpiece.

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