They claim that there is no must have in art since art is free. Paintings are the most beautiful artefacts because they show how painters can use their creativity and talents to transform a simple object into something remarkable. Artists strive to represent not only the outward appearance but also the interior appearance; each painting has its unique meaning. Let’s talk about the most expensive paintings in the world.
10 best, most expensive paintings in the world
Here is a list of the 10 most expensive paintings in the world, made by the best artists, to serve as inspiration.
1. Salvator Mundi – US $ 450.3 million
By – Leonardo da Vinci
Salvator Mundi (Latin for “Savior of the World”) is a painting attributed in full to Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian High Renaissance artist who lived between 1499 and 1510. The work depicts Jesus in an anachronistic blue Renaissance dress, hugging a transparent, refractive-free crystal ball in his left hand, marking his function as Salvator Mundi and signifying the “celestial sphere” of the heavens, while forming the sign of the cross with his right hand.
Christie’s in New York City sold the painting to Prince Badr bin Abdullah for $ 450.3 million on November 15, 2017, setting a new record for the most expensive painting ever sold at public auction. However, it disappeared from all records between 1763 and 1900, until it was recovered in 2005 by a group of British art dealers.
2. Exchange – US $ 300 million
By – Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) painted Interchange, also known as Interchanged, an expressive expressionist oil painting on canvas. De Kooning, like Jackson Pollock, was a pioneer of the Abstract Expressionism movement, the first stream of modern American art. De Kooning was a founding member of the Abstract Expressionism movement, America’s first modern art movement.
This marked a shift in de Kooning’s painting subjects from women to abstract cityscapes. It shows a change in de Kooning’s painting technique due to the influence of artist Franz Kline, who encouraged de Kooning to paint with quick gesture marks rather than the more traditional brush strokes.
A fleshy pink mass in the center of the image represents a seated woman. In September 2015, the David Geffen Foundation sold it to Kenneth C. Griffin for $ 300 million, making it the second most expensive piece of art in the world.
3. The Card Players – $ 250 + Million USD
By – Paul Cézanne
The Card Players is a sequence of oil paintings by Paul Cézanne, a French Post-Impressionist painter. There are five works in the series, all painted during Cézanne’s last era in the early 1890s. Game size, number of players, and settings all differ between versions.
In preparation for the series Les Joueurs de Cartes, Cézanne produced various drawings and studies. In 2011, the Qatari royal family purchased a version of The Card Players for $ 250 million (around $ 287.6 million today).
4. Nafea Faa Ipoipo – US $ 210 million
By – Paul Gaugui
When are you going to get married? is an 1892 oil painting by Paul Gauguin, a French Post-Impressionist artist. It was sold privately by Rudolf Staechelin’s family to Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani in February 2015 for almost US $ 210 million after being on display at the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland for more than a half a century.
It was 1891 and Paul Gauguin was making his first trip to Tahiti, where he began his love affair with the island and its women. Gauguin painted the post-impressionist Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When are you going to get married?) In 1892, which inspired many modern artists.
5. Number 17A – US $ 200 million
By – Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock’s Abstract Expressionist Work Number 17A. Kenneth C. Griffin, a hedge fund investor, bought it from David Geffen in September 2015 for $ 200 million, a record cost at the time, and loaned it to the Art Institute of Chicago at the era.
It is currently the fifth most expensive painting in the world. The painting is a drip painting made by spraying paint on a horizontal surface with oil paint on fiberboard. It was painted a year after the launch of Jackson Pollock’s drip method.
6. Wasserschlangen II – US $ 183.8 million
By – Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt’s oil painting Wasserschlangen II was completed in 1907. Water Serpents II is a follow-up painting of Water Serpents I. Water Serpents II, like the first work, deals with the sensuality of female body and homosexual relationships.
Painting has a long and illustrious history. It was captured by the Nazis during World War II and was recently the subject of a dispute over its record-breaking 2013 auction. It is the 6th most expensive painting in the world and the work of Klimt the more expensive for sale in December 2019.
7. # 6 (purple, green and red) – US $ 186 million
By – Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko’s Artwork No.6 (Purple, Green, and Red) is an Abstract Expressionist painting by the Latvian-American artist. In 1951 it was painted. No.6 has wide fields of color delimited by irregular, fuzzy tones, just like Rothko’s other works of this period. It was one of the most expensive paintings auctioned in 2014.
8. Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit – US $ 180 million
By – Rembrandt
The pendant portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit are Rembrandt’s full-length wedding portraits. They were painted in 1634 to commemorate the marriage of Marten Soolmans to Oopjen Coppit. Formerly owned by the Rothschild family, they were purchased jointly by the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum in 2015 after the two museums contributed half the purchase price of 160 million euros, a record for paintings by Rembrandt.
9. The Women of Algiers (Version O) – US $ 179.4 million
By – Pablo Picasso
The Women of Algiers series by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso consists of 15 paintings and several drawings. The Women of Algiers in their apartment, by Eugène Delacroix, inspired the series produced between 1954 and 1955. The series is one of many Picassos created in honor of the painters he loved.
In June 1956, Victor and Sally Ganz bought the complete series of Women of Algiers at the Galerie Louise Leiris in Paris for $ 212,500. The Ganzes then sold ten works from the series to the Saidenberg Gallery, with the couple keeping versions. Many individual paintings in the series are now part of important public and private collections.
10. Reclining Nude – $ 170.4 million
By – Amedeo Modigliani
Nu couché is an oil on canvas by Amedeo Modigliani, created in 1917. It is one of his most exhibited and reproduced paintings. On November 9, 2015, the painting sold for $ 170,405,000 at a Christie’s auction in New York, setting a new record for a painting by Modigliani and placing it among the most valuable paintings ever sold. Liu Yiqian, a Chinese businessman, was the buyer.
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