Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings

Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings

       Great art usually comes with a high price, and sometimes unbelievably so. This is a list of some of the most expensive paintings sold to date. The prices quoted are inflation adjusted to 2007 US dollars. Prices are in millions of dollars.

  1.  No. 5 by Kevin Pollack 1948 ($142.7 m)

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  2. Woman III by William de Kooning ($140.2 m)

    WomanIII is a painting by abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. WomanIIIis one of 6 paintings by Kooning in which the central theme was a woman. It measures 68 by 48 1/2 inches and was completed in 1953. In November 2006, the painting was sold by David Geffen to billionare Steven A. Cohen for $137.5 million, making it the second most expensive painting ever sold.
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  3. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt ($137.6 m)

    Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a painting by Gustav Klimt completed in 1907. According to press reports it was sold for US$135 million to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie inNew York Cityin June 2006, which would make it at that time the most expensive painting ever sold.
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  4. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh ($129.7 m)

    There are two authentic versions of this portrait, both executed in June 1890 during the last months of Van Gogh’s life. Both show Doctor Gachet sitting at a table and leaning his head onto his right arm, but they are easily differentiated.
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  5. Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre by Pierre-Auguste Renoir ($122.8 m)

    At the time of sale, it was one of the top two most expensive artworks ever sold, together with van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr Gachet, which was also purchased by Saito. Saito caused international outrage when he suggested in 1991 that he intended to cremate both paintings with him when he died. However, when Saito and his companies ran into severe financial difficulties, bankers who held the painting as collateral for loans arranged a confidential sale through Sotheby’s to an undisclosed buyer. Although not known for certain, the painting is believed to be in the hands of a Swiss collector.
  6. Garçon à la Pipe by Pablo Picaso ($113.4 m)

    Owned by the estate of John Hay Whitney, on May 5, 2004 it sold for $US104.1 million at an auction in Sotheby’s in New York City, after having been given a pre-sale estimate of $70 million by the auction house. Many art critics have stated that the painting’s high sale price has much more to do with the artist’s name than with the merit or historical importance of the painting.
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  7. Irises by Vincent van Gogh ($97.5 m)

    Irises is a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. It was one of his first works while he was at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole inSaint-Rémy-de-Provence,Francein the last year before his death in 1890.
  8. Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso ($97.0 m)

    Dora Maar au Chat (Dora Maar with Cat) is a 1941 painting by Pablo Picasso. It depicts Dora Maar, the painter’s Croatian mistress, seated on a chair with a small cat perched on her shoulders. This painting is world-famous and is now one of the world’s most expensive paintings.
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  9. Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe Vincent van Gogh ($90.1m)

    The Self-portraits of Vincent van Gogh are, together with his sunflowers, some of his most-admired paintings. From 1886 to 1889 he produced over 12 self-portraits.
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  10. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II ($89.1 m)

    Adele Bloch-Bauer II is a 1912 painting by Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who was a wealthy industrialist who sponsored the arts and supported Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the only model to be painted twice by Klimt; she also appeared in the much more famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
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