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Most Expensive sold Paintings In The World

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt

Most Expensive sold Paintings In The World. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt, which took three years to create it in oil and gold. The painting was commissioned by a Swiss sugar magnate Ronald Lauder for US$135 million for his Neue Galerie in New York City in June 2006, which made it at that time the most expensive painting for about 4 months.

Nov fifth 1948. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Nov fifth 1948 by Jackson Pollock

Nov fifth 1948 by Jackson Pollock was his greatest masterpiece, the most vivid expression of his unique style. When it was sold by David Geffen in 2006, it became the world’s most expensive painting in history at a price $149.70 million dollars.

Woman III by Willem de Kooning. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Woman III by Willem de Kooning

This is the second most-expensive painting in the world sold by David Geffen in 2006. Woman III by Willem de Kooning was among six painted by the artist between 1951 and 1953, with this version ending up at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art where it would be later hid from the public due to its inadherence to the government’s rules of morality.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh was sold to Ryoei Saito in 1990. This would become Van Gogh’s most expensive painting to date, sold for $82.5 million ($136.1 million today).

Most Expensive sold Paintings, Montmartre by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is in the top 15 most expensive paintings. This painting was sold in 1990 to Ryoei Saito, the chairman of a Japanese paper company and a collector of fine art

Garcon a la pipe (Boy with a Pipe) by Pablo Picasso. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Garcon a la pipe (Boy with a Pipe) by Pablo Picasso

Garcon a la pipe (Boy with a Pipe) by Pablo Picasso was sold for $104.2 million in 2004 ($118.9 million). The boy in the painting was among the community of entertainers living in the Montmartre section of Paris.

Irises by Vincent Van Gogh. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Irises by Vincent Van Gogh

Irises by Vincent Van Gogh at first glance shows a rather sunny world that was much in contrast to the artist’s disposition.

Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso

Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso one of his greatest works. Miss Maar was 29-years-old at the time, 26 years younger than Picasso. The subject was seated with a black cat perched on her shoulder.

Portrait de la artiste sans barbe by Vincent Van Gogh. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Portrait de la artiste sans barbe by Vincent Van Gogh

Portrait de la artiste sans barbe by Vincent Van Gogh – beardless self-portrait shows the artist hiding something. In the year of this portrait, Van Gogh cut off part of his ear in severe depression that would later lead to his suicide.

Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens

Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens is both the earliest work on this list as well as its only religious-inspired painting. Painted in 1611, Massacre represents a scene from the Bible Gospel According to Matthew.

Triptych by the Irish painter Francis Bacon. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Triptych by the Irish painter Francis Bacon

Triptych by the Irish painter Francis Bacon explored the tri-panel format of painting called the Triptych. His work of the same name is the most recent sale on this list, going for $86.3 million.

Les Noces de Pierrette by Pablo Picasso. Most Expensive sold Paintings

Les Noces de Pierrette by Pablo Picasso

Les Noces de Pierrette by Pablo Picasso is among the artist’s blue period, including some of his most famous works. At the time, Picasso was facing poverty and the loss of a close friend who had recently committed suicide. It was works like this that would prove cathartic for the artist- and lead him to wealth later in life.

False Start by Jasper Johns

False Start by Jasper Johns

False Start by Jasper Johns. The lone contemporary piece in the top 15 was among a large collection of art sold by media mogul David Geffen in 2006.

A Wheatfield with Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh

A Wheatfield with Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh

One of two Van Gogh landscapes in the top 15, an idyllic nature scene with the artist’s signature swirling skies. Wheatfield was owned by philanthropist/ diplomat Walter Annenberg until his death in 2002, and is now a part of his estate.

Yo, Picasso by Pablo Picasso

Yo, Picasso by Pablo Picasso

Picasso’s 1901 self-portrait. Long before Picasso began experimenting with cubism and surrealism, his early oil works were equally as stunning.

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