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Expensive paintings in the world


Below are some expensive paintings across the past and present centuries:


Because of its authenticity, this painting by Leonardo da Vinci from the 1500s has frequently gone unnoticed. Whether it is the genuine work of Leonardo da Vinci or the creation of one of his talented students, the art world is still divided. Nevertheless, at a Christie’s auction in 2017, it fetched a respectable $450 million. The artwork was purchased by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture. The Louvre Abu Dhabi was supposed to host the exhibition, however it was postponed. According to the Wall Street Journal, it is rumored to have been held up aboard a Saudi prince’s boat and reserved for display in Saudi Arabia’s very own future cultural center in Al Ula.


When Paul Cezanne was at the height of his fame, he painted The Card Players. The Royal Family of Qatar purchased the item in 2011. There are four more works with the same title, but they are located in the Barnes Foundation, the Musée d’Orsay, the Courtauld, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is unquestionably the most valuable painting in history. Despite being regarded as priceless, we can estimate a numerical value by comparing the painting’s insurance value. The masterpiece’s value was estimated at $100 million in 1962. After accounting for inflation, that would amount to $860 million in 2022.


Rembrandt painted the portrait of Soolmans & Coppit during their wedding in 1634. His first full-length portrait paintings were these ones. The Rijksmuseum and the Louvre share ownership of the painting, which is now shown there. It was formerly owned by the Rothschilds. Despite traveling between the two museums, they have never been separated from one another and are always on display together.


‘Interchange’ was one of Dutch American abstract painter Willem de Kooning’s first abstract landscape paintings. For $300 million, Kenneth Griffin, CEO of the hedge fund Citadel, purchased it in September 2015. The Art Institute of Chicago is now hosting it on loan. Griffin allegedly also purchased a Jackson Pollock painting in addition to this one.

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This intriguing artwork, which translates to “when will you marry,” was finished by Paul Gaugain in post-impressionist 1892. Two of the women are from Tahiti, where Gaugain briefly resided. According to reports, the Qatari royal family purchased it in 2014.


This painting’s title serves as a sufficient description, therefore you don’t really need an image to understand it. But renowned American-Russian abstract expressionist Mark Rothko painted it in 1951. It was purchased from Yves Bouvier, who apparently got into difficulties in a number of international lawsuits for misrepresenting the works and then overcharging them, by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. Rybolev paid nearly half the original amount for this painting, with Bouvier keeping the difference.

200 million dollars) JACKSON POLLOCK

One of the most well-known abstract expressionist painters of all time is Jackson Pollock. In a deal with the David Geffen Foundation and Kenneth Griffin, who also purchased Interchange, his picture “Number 17a” was acquired. It cost him $500 million in all.

Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couché from 1917

Artist of PaintingAmedeo Modigliani (1884 – 1920)
When Piece was Created1917
Medium of PaintingOil on Canvas
Dimensions of Artwork60 x 92 cm
Price Paid for Painting$186 million

The legendary painter Amedeo Modigliani created Nu couché, or “Reclining Nude,” in 1917. It is recognized as one of the most valuable paintings ever sold. On November 9, 2015, the painting, which features a naked woman sleeping against a background primarily made of dark red, sold for $170.4 million, well exceeding the estimate of $100 million.


This particular naked picture was originally displayed to the public in 1917 and was sold in 2015. After only a few hours of opening, the French authorities were forced to step in since many tourists thought it was indecent. It is one of many well-known nude paintings by Modigliani. 2015 saw its sale to Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian for $170,4,000,000.

Untitled – Jean-Michel Basquiat – $110.5 Million

The work “Untitled” by New York City graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat comes in at number 20.
In 2017, his widely recognized spray-painted rendering of a skull sold for more than $110.5 million.
“Untitled” now commands the highest sum ever paid for a work of art produced after 1980 thanks to the auction.

Woman III – Willem de Kooning – $137.5 Million

Painted by Dutch expressionist Willem de Kooning in the early 1950s, Woman III sold for $137.5 million dollars in 2006.

Iran’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran used to house it. However, it was removed because it was deemed to be too offensive to the eye.
Steven A. Cohen, a millionaire hedge fund manager, bought it for his personal collection after a brief tenure with David Geffen.

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II – Gustav Klimt – $150 Million

Another Gustav Klimt work ranks thirteen on our ranking of the most expensive artworks.
The less well-known of the two portraits he did of Bloch-Bauer, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II,” sold for a stunning $150 million in 2016.
Unfortunately, during World War II, the Nazis took both paintings. Fortunately, they were found and given to the Galerie Belvedere museum in Vienna.
After regaining ownership, the Bloch Bauer estate sold it to Oprah Winfrey, who later sold it to an unidentified Chinese buyer.

Le Rêve – Pablo Picasso – $155 Million

Picasso’s Le Rêve, often known as “The Dream,” is one of his most well-known works of art. Picasso’s mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter is depicted in the artwork.
Casino magnate Steve Wynn agreed to sell the piece of art to Steven A. Cohen after owning it for 12 years. However, due to Mr. Wynn’s elbow slip, the painting lost $55 million in value, and the sale was postponed until it could be entirely repaired.

Masterpiece – Roy Lichtenstein – $165 Million

Lichtenstein’s 1962 “Masterpiece” is the eighth most expensive painting in the entire world.

The painting, which competes with some of his other well-known works like “Whaam!” and “Look Mickey,” was influenced by comic book illustrations.

Steven A. Cohen, a hedge fund millionaire and ardent art collector, paid a whopping $165 million for the piece in 2017!

Nu couché – Amedeo Modigliani – $170.4 Million

The world first saw Modigliani’s most well-known nude in 1917 during his one-man show in Paris.

Similar to the red sofa we previously discussed, it features an image of a naked woman on it.

However, Chinese tycoon Liu Yiqian paid an outrageous price for this version.

It was claimed that he used his American Express Card to pay for the item in a single transaction.

Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) – Pablo Picasso – $197.4 Million

Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger” (“Women of Algiers”) series, which ran from 1954 to 1955, included Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”).

It was the final iteration in a series that had 15 iterations overall and was thought to be a tribute to his buddy Henri Matisse.

Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) held the title of most expensive painting ever sold at auction for two years prior to Salvator Mundi shattering the previous record.

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