Top 10 Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold
Art painting is one of the unrevealing mystery for mankind, there’s a saying that an art piece is more valuable after the artists “art painter” died. Take Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci for example, their elusive arts and paintings are well known worldwide. But what is it that make the art paint irresistible for everyone? Is it the artist name itself, or the uncanny affection through the art itself?
Even during the World War II, the Nazis had stolen countless pieces of art and hide them away. Is it to preserve the proof of existence of mankind living culture? or mere irresistible desire to owned any paintings that at least 200 years old? this lead to one of mankind unsolved mystery.
Interesting true story: monument men saved art collection from Nazis
Here are top 10 most expensive painting ever sold till date:
10. Anna’s Light ( $105 millions )
Anna’s Light is one of Barnett Newman’s best creations, painted with only two years before the death of the artist. It is an acrylic on canvas of big dimensions, which was never exposed to the public.
9. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust ( $106.5 millions )
This sensual and colorful masterpiece is the most expensive work by Picasso ever sold at auction. The work, formerly in the collection of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody, had been never exhibited in public since 1961.
8. Flag ( $110 millions )
“Flags” are Jasper Johns most famous works. The artist painted his first American flag in 1954–55, a work now at the MoMA.
7. The Scream ( $119.9 millions )
This iconic work was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction until it was surpassed by Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”. The work is the most colorful of the four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream”, and the only one still in private hands.
6. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I ( $135 millions )
This was sold by Maria Altmann, who – after a lengthy and complicated court battle – was deemed rightful owner of this Klimt and several others. Altmann was named as an inheritor of the painting in the will of by the widowed husband of the model herself, despite the efforts of the Austrian State, as Adele Bloch-Bauer had originally left the painting to the State Gallery in her own will. The painting was bought by Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York, to be the centerpiece of a collection of Jewish-owned art rescued from the Nazi looting that took place in the Second World War.
5. Woman III ( $137.5 millions )
Another painting sold by Geffen in 2006, but this time bought by billionaire Steven A. Cohen. It is part of a series of 6 painted by de Kooning in the period of 1951-53, which revolved around the theme of a woman, and is allegedly the only Woman still in private hands.
4. No.5 1948 ( $140 millions )
It is claimed by the New York Times that this painting was sold by David Geffen (of Geffen Records), to David Martinez (managing partner of Fintech Advisory). However, a press release issued on behalf of Martinez states that he didn’t actually purchase the painting. So the truth is shrouded in mystery, and it can only be rumored to have sold for a record-breaking $140 million.
3. Three Studies of Lucian Freud ( $142.4 millions )
Not only the most expensive painting ever auctioned, but also a record for a contemporary work of art. Christie’s explained that when this work was painted, “the relationship between Freud and Bacon was at its apex”.
2. Le Rêve ‘The Dream’ ( $155 millions )
“La Rêve (The Dream)” is one of Picasso’s most sensual and famous paintings, depicting her lover Marie-Therese Walter sitting on a red armchair with her eyes closed. In 2006, Steve Wynn agreed to sell the painting to Steven Cohen for $139 million, but the sale was cancelled when Mr. Wynn accidentally damaged the work.
1. The Card Players ( $274 millions )
The exact price of The Card Players (even the currency of sale) is not known, with estimates from $259 million to even $320 million. The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne. Painted during Cézanne’s final period in the early 1890s, there are five paintings in the series.