Art lovers are able to pay gigantic sums to become the owner of a dream piece of art. The mentioned list starts from 450,3 million dollars. Meet the most expensive paintings in the world!
Leonardo da Vinci, “Savior of the World”
This painting by Leonardo da Vinci, painted in the 16th century, was often checked by experts for authenticity. The art world is still in doubt whether the most expensive painting in the world was actually painted by the renowned painter or by his student
The mentioned work was bought by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, through his Ministry of Culture. Initially, the painting was supposed to go to the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, but this ultimately did not happen. According to the Wall Street Journal, it was reportedly kept on the prince’s yacht and reserved for display at his own future cultural center in Al Ula.
Willem de Kooning, “Exchange”
Painted by abstract painter Willem de Kooning, “Exchange” was one of his first landscape works. In September 2015, the painting was sold to Kenneth Griffin, CEO of hedge fund Citadel for $300 million. It is currently on loan to the Art Institute of Chicago
Paul Cezanne, “Card Players”
The painting was probably sold for $250-300 million. The royal family of Qatar became the owners of the work in 2011. There are 4 other paintings titled the same way, they are in: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musee d’Orsay, Courtauld and Barnes Foundation.
Paul Gauguin, “Nafea Faa Ipoipo”
The painting has sold for nearly $300 million. It was painted in 1892 by Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. It depicts two women from Tahiti, where Gauguin spent some time. The work was reportedly sold to the royal family of Qatar in 2014.
Edward Munch, “The Scream.”
The painting sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby’s, May 2, 2012. This work of art became an important source of inspiration for expressionists in the early 20th century. “The Scream” is one of the most famous and recognizable paintings of all time. The artwork is part of a collection consisting of 22 paintings. All of them represented unconventional themes of the time.
Jackson Pollock, “Number 17 A”
The painting reached a price of $200 million at auction. Jackson Pollock is one of the most famous abstract expressionists of all time. The artwork “Number 17 A” was purchased as part of a deal with the David Geffen Foundation and Kenneth Griffin, who also bought “The Exchange.” The entire transaction cost him $500 million
Mark Rothko, “No. 6”
The painting was painted in 1951 by the famous Russian-American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. It was bought by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev from Yves Bouvier, who was later tried for misrepresenting the work and inflating the price.
Pablo Picasso, “Les Femmes d’Alger” (Version “O”)
The painting sold for $179.4 million on May 11, 2015. It is one of Picasso’s boldest and most admirable works from a series of paintings he painted between 1954 and 1955.
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche”
Bidding for the work started at $75 million, which already surpassed Modigliani’s previous auction record of $70.7 million. The painting eventually sold for $170.4 million at Christie’s in 2015, to private Chinese collector Liu Yiqian
Pablo Picasso, “Young Girl with Basket of Flowers”
The painting was part of a collection sold after the death of David and Peggy Rockefeller. Before it went to them, it belonged to Gertrude Stein. After the sale, the work was loaned to the Musee D’Orsay until January 2019. Interestingly, Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” was sold for $100 million.