Most expensive paintings in history

The world is full of art lovers, the billionaires pay millions of millions dollars to get their hand on masterpiece of top artist. Records have been set and yet broken by their fellow artist, but the desire is still there. Mostly paintings is being sold in auctions but there are some others who joined hand in the dark room and make deals. So here are the top paintings that today I’m going to show you. (The prices shown are all adjusted for inflation.


1-    $300m When Will You Marry by Paul Gauguin


Gauguin’s first trip to Tahiti produce the world most expensive painting off all time. The picture is sold for almost $300 million and Qatar bought it from Swiss collector. The reason why he traveled to Tahiti is because he wanted to go out of the artificial world and try to find out the originality of the world. So in 1082 he painted these two Tahitian girls and named as when will you marry.



2-    $274m The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

This theme was selected by Cezanne from his family’s estate outside Aix-en Provence. Paul Cezanne painted this in early 1890s. This painting was sold around $274 million and it is on the second number of the top most expensive painting of all time. The theme author shows is two players playing card.



3-    $186m No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko

Painter Mark Roothko painted this in 1951 worth $186 million. There have been a legal dispute between buyer and art dealer on price subject. Mr Rybolovlev (buyer) accused Yves Bouvier (art dealer) that he mislead him on the price.



4-    $179.3m Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) by Pablo Picasso

Les Femmes d’Alger is a series of 15 painting and numerous drawing by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, it was the tribute to the French painter that he was admired of. In 1955 he made this artwork with oil on canvas. This is a private collection of Hammad bin Jassim bin Jabber Al Thani, Qatar.



5-    $165.4m No 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

An American painter known for his contribution to the abstract expressionist. This picture was made in 1948 and there are reports now that David Martinez bought this fiberboard which is covered in brown and yellow paint but later Mr Martinez law firm later issued a statement saying he did not own it.



6-    $162.4m Woman III by Willem de Kooning

Women III was painted by an abstract painter Willem de Kooning. Women III was one of the six series of painting that Kooning was working on, and it completed in 1953.

This Art work was part of Tehran museum but after the revolution, law passed and due to rules set by government about visual arts and what it depicts.  Later a billionaire Steven Cohen bought it in 2006.



7-    $158.5m Le Réve by Pablo Picasso

Another master piece by Pablo Picasso that was made through oil painting and it was completed in 1932. This painting having erotic scene which was noted repeatedly and people criticize  many time.But if you look again closely it is just a face. Steven Cohen grabbed this art piece in 2013.



8-    $158.4m Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (also called The Lady in Gold or The Woman in Gold) is a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimit. This was claimed to be the top most favorite art work of the Gustav peak days. It is displayed at the Neue Galerie in New York.



9-    $152.0m Portrait of Dr Gachet by Vincent van Gogh

The most admired work of Vincent Van gogh is this art work. You are seeing Dr Gachet in this picture who took care of Van Gogh before he died. It was sold in 1990 when a Tokyo art dealer purchased it on behalf of Ryoei Saito. After the death of Ryoei the picture is disappeared and became unknown.



10- $142.4m Three studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

In 1969 the British painter Francis Bacon made an art work through oil on canvas depicting artistic work of Lucian Freud.  Back in November 2013 it was sold in $142.4 million dollar which was at that time the highest price in auction for a work of art when not factoring in inflation. But again in 2015 the record was broken by Picasso’s Les Femes d’Alger series. 



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