10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

Fancy owning one of the ten most expensive paintings in the world ever sold? You are going to have to save a few pretty pennies!

Spoiler alert: the current record price is approximately $450 million paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in November 2017 which is reportedly missing.

As of March 2019, here is the list of the highest known prices paid for painting in USD:

10. Nu couché, Amedeo Modigliani: $170.4 million

Artist: Amedeo Modiglianni

Year made: 1917/18

Year of sale: 2015

Price sold: $170.4 million

Auction house: Christie’s New York

Buyer: Liu Yiqian

9. Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”), Pablo Picasso: $179.4 million

Artist: Pablo Picasso

Year made: 1955

Year of sale: 2015

Price sold: $179.4 million

Auction house: Christie’s New York

Buyer: Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani

8. Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, Rembrandt: $180 million

Artist: Rembrandt

Year made: 1634

Year of sale: 2015

Price sold: $180 million

Auction house: Private Sale

Buyer: Rijksmuseum and Louvre

7. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), Mark Rothko: $186 million

Artist: Mark Rothko

Year made: 1951

Year of sale: 2014

Price sold: $186 million

Auction house: Private Sale via Yves Bouvier

Buyer: Dmitry Rybolovlev

6. Wasserschlangen II, Gustav Klimt: $183.8 million

Artist: Gustav Klimt

Year made: 1904-07

Year of sale: 2013

Price sold: $183.8 million

Auction house: Private Sale

Buyer: Dmitry Rybolovlev

5. Number 17A, Jackson Pollock: $~$200 million

Artist: Jackson Pollock

Year made: 1948

Year of sale: 2015

Price sold: ~$200 million

Auction house: Private Sale

Buyer: Kenneth C. Griffin

 

4. Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Mary?), Paul Gauguin: $210 million

Artist: Paul Gauguin

Year made: 1892

Year of sale: 2014

Price sold: $210 million

Auction house: Private Sale

Buyer: State of Qatar

3. The Card Players Paul Cézanne: $250+ million

Artist: Paul Cézanne

Year made: 1892/93

Year of sale: 2011

Price sold: $250+ million

Auction house: Private Sale

Buyer: State of Qatar

2. Interchange William de Kooning: $300 million

Artist: Willem de Kooning

Year made: 1955

Year of sale: 2015

Price sold: ~$300 million

Auction house: Private Sale

Buyer: Kenneth C Griffin

1. Salvator Mundi Leonardo Da Vinci: $450.3 million

Artist: Attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci

Year made: c. 1500

Year of sale: 2017

Price sold: $450m

Auction house: Christie’s New York

Buyer: Abu Dhabi’s department of culture and tourism

Imagine…

if you were creating one of the next most expensive artworks in the world but it got damaged in the process?

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