We all might know that art works are expensive, but are we really aware of its prevailing values? Like fashion, even the world of art has its share of trend. In fact many artworks are still the prized possession even many years after their creators have passed away. They are repeatedly auctioned and owned by the sophisticated section of the society. Few of them are also displayed at popular museums and art galleries for their authenticity. Thus read through the list to know the names that have been credited for being the most expensive paintings.
Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings in the World
The top ten most expensive paints in the world have been mentioned below along with their adjusted price values.
1. The Card Players
Portraying a pair of Aix-en-Provence farmhands occupied in a game of cards, The Card Players is one among the five creativities in a series by the well-known French post-Impressionist – Paul Cezanne. The display of intense psychology on the faces of the players is beyond comparison. This very fact has made the painting not only a master piece but also the most expensive painting, sold out in 2011 at a price estimated to be in between $250 million and $300 million. According to critics, the series is regarded as an introduction to his years of art.
2. No.5, 1948
Popular for its intricate description; No.5, 1948 is an art work by the American painter, Jackson Pollock. The 8′ × 4′ art piece is marked with yellow and brown drizzled paint to provide the touch of a nest. Though its original price was $140 million, in 2006 David Martinez, managing partner of Fintech Advisory Ltd bought it for $161.7 million from David Geffen, founder of Geffen Records. Before David Geffen, the painting was a part of the Museum of Modern Art and was owned by Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr.
3. Woman III
Credit goes to the famous Dutch American abstract expressionist artist, Willem de Kooning for the creation of the third most expensive painting – Woman III. Completed in 1953, the 68 by 48 1⁄2 inches master piece was sold off on 18th November 2006 to Steven A. Cohen at an adjusted price of $158.8 million. In between late 70s and 1994 it Woman III was a part of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art collection but was not on display due to stern rules set by the government regarding visual arts and their depictions.
4. Le Reve
The 1932 130 × 97 cm oil painting, Le Reve is an art work by the world renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso reflecting the image of his 22 year old mistress – Marie-Therese Walter. The contrasted colours and the oversimplified outlines of the painting clearly speak about the creator’s period of distorted depictions. On 26th March, 2013; Le Reve was procured by Steven A. Cohen from Steve Wynn after its price was adjusted at $155.0 million. The price was even reported to the highest amount to be paid ever by an American art collector.
5. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, a portrait painted by Gustav Klimt and burgled during World War II by Nazis was auctioned at $154.9 million on 18th June 2006. As per press reports, the oil and gold painting was sold to Ronald Lauder to be part of his early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design museum – Neue Galerie located in New York City. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I was completed within a span of three years and was meant to be donated to the Austrian State Gallery after Klimt passed away.
6. Portrait of Dr. Gachet
Besides being one among the most sacred paintings, Portrait of Dr. Gachet also shares its position among the top 10 most expensive paintings. It was painted by Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch artist portraying Dr. Paul Gachet – the person who took care of him during the last months of his survival. The 1890 oil on canvas painting was bought by Ryoei Saito on 15th May 1990 after its price was adjusted at $148.6 million. With a slight difference in the colour tone, Vincent van Gogh painted two versions of Portrait of Dr. Gachet.
7. Bal du moulin de la Galette
Regarded as one of the most appreciated masterworks of the Impressionism period, Bal du moulin de la Galette is the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Auctioned at $140.7 million, the portrait is a classic depiction of Impressionist picture of real life. It bears the sight of a Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in the region of Montmartre in Paris. Though the last buyer of the artwork was not made public due to certain confidentialities, it is believed that currently Bal du moulin de la Galette is owned by a Swiss collector.
8. Garcon a la pipe
Another stunning success of Pablo Picasso that stands along the row of top 10 most expensive paintings is none other than the portrait Garçon à la pipe. The Spanish painter was just 24 years old when he painted the oil on canvas painting depicting a garland wearing Persian boy with a pipe on his left hand. $128.2 million was its adjusted price while its original price was stated to be $104.2 million. On 4th May, 2004; Greentree foundation sold it off to the Italian and European food company – Barilla Group at Sotheby’s, New York.
9. The Scream
The Scream, an icon of modern art became the prized possession of Leon Black when he procured it on 2nd May 2012 from Petter Olsen at an adjusted price of $121.4 million while its original tag was $119.9 million. During the past years, it has also been the intention of several high-profile art robberies. The portrait figures an angst-ridden face against a setting with a chaotic orange sky. Edvard Munch, the Expressionist artist painted it in between 1893 and 1910.
Created out of newsprint collage, oil paint and encaustic on three separate canvases, the Flag is the last entry into the record of top 10 most expensive paintings in the world. The encaustic painting is the master work of the American artist Jasper Johns while he was 24 years of age. When it was sold at an adjusted value of $117.6 million to Steven A. Cohen, the Flag became the sole most expensive painting by a living artist.