Most Expensive Paintings In The World

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Art is one of the most expensive acquisitions a person can have. Paintings by famous artists such as Picasso and Cezanne are worth millions of dollars in modern times. The most crucial aspect of the paintings is not their astronomical cost, but their exquisite detail. These paintings are true works of art and they are worth every dollar.

Expensive Paintings



Billionaires and celebrities purchase art to make an investment and acquire a status symbol at the same time. Despite rumors of how much they cost, many of these paintings are now worth even much more than their adjusted cost due to factors such as inflation and the rising value of artwork in contemporary times. Read this article to know all about the 10 most expensive paintings in the world.

Costliest Paintings Across The Globe

Paul Cezanne’s The Card Players

This painting was made during the years 1892 or 1893. This composition by noted artist Paul Cezanne is in the hands of a private buyer now.  The intensity of the facial expressions of the card players is what makes this painting priceless in many ways. It is considered a true specimen of post impressionistic artwork. In the year 2011, this painting was sold to Qatar’s royal family for a sum ranging from $300 to $250 million.

This is one of the most expensive paintings in the world and it has remained with the Qatar monarchs after they purchased it from George Embiricos who previously owned the painting. The Card Players is one of the most realistic and remarkable pieces of art in this world.

Paul Cezanne's The Card Players

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud

Painted in 1969, this work of art is created by noted artist and expert Francis Bacon. It was sold in 2013 by a seller named Francesco De Simone Niquesa to an anonymous bidder for $142.4 million. The painting was sold at a Christie’s auction. This painting depicts the relations between Bacon and Freud and it is a notable example of the work of this maestro. When this painting was sold, it set a new record for the highest price fetched for a contemporary artwork. It is one of the costliest paintings from the contemporary school of art. Bacon and Freud were famous artists of their times and they were true rivals. They frequently used to use each other as subjects for their paintings.



Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud

Pablo Picasso’s La Reve

La Reve is French for “The Dream”. This fabulous painting by maestro Pablo Picasso is worth $155 million and it was sold by Steve Wynn in 2013 for this sum. The buyer was Mr. Steven A. Cohen. This famous painting was created in 1932 by Picasso. It depicts his mistress Marie-Therese Walter on a chair with closed eyes. This painting is a perfect representation of early Fauvism which emphasizes simple outlines and contrasts in color with distortions. This is considered one of the best paintings of Picasso during his Fauvist phase. This painting consists of distorted angles to bring out stunning elements in the artwork.

Pablo Picasso’s La Reve


Jackson Pollock’s Number 5,1948

This modern art work was created in 1948 by artist Jackson Pollock. It was sold for $140 million by seller David Geffen to an unnamed buyer. Its current value is estimated to be around $161.4 million since it was sold in 2006. It is a fabulous piece of contemporary art. It represents abstract expressionist art and it is done on fiber board which has brown and yellow paint on it. The special material which has been used to make this painting is the reason for its distinctiveness. It is a iconic work of art and it has received amazing reviews from noted art critics and experts.

Jackson Pollock’s Number 5,1948

Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Painted in 1907 by Gustav Klimt, this famous painting was sold to industrial baron Ronald Lauder for $135 million. It is now worth $155.7 million and it is a group of five canvases. This painting was the property of the family of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. This painting belonged to Bloch-Bauer originally before it was seized by the Germans during World War 2 from his home. It was also displayed in the National Gallery of Austria for a while. Lauder has currently displayed this painting at his gallery in New York. This painting’s subject was Ferdinand’s wife Adele who died due to meningitis before Germans invaded Switzerland. This painting depicts her in fine colors and striking angles. It is one of the most awesome depictions of a singular subject in the world of art.

Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Willem De Kooning’s Woman III

Painted in the period between 1952 and 1953, this piece of art costs an astounding $158.6 million in current times. In 2006, this painting was sold by David Geffen to Steven Cohen for a sum of $137.5 million. This amazing work of art is a depiction of women as strong figures. Noted art expert T. Hess has described the woman in this painting as a goddess due to her powerful aura. The main theme of this painting is a woman. De Kooning’s artwork has enthralled viewers due to its bold use of color and imagery.

Willem De Kooning’s Woman III

Edvard Munch’s The Scream

Painted in the year 1895, this work of art by Edvard Munch is considered one of the most expensive pieces to be sold. It was sold for $119.9 million at a Sotheby’s auction to an anonymous buyer in May, 2012. This work of art is one of the most colorful pieces to be painted by Munch and it currently costs $121.3 million. This painting belongs to the expressionist school of art. It is a true masterpiece. Munch was influenced by the elemental forces of nature while painting this work of art.

Edvard Munch’s The Scream

Flag By Jasper Johns

This piece of art was created in the year 1958 by Jasper Johns. It is one of the most famous paintings by this artist. It was sold for $110 million at a private sale to buyer Steven Cohen in 2012. This amazing work of art was painted to depict the American and it is an iconic masterpiece. The painting shows the three colors of the American flag and it is inspired by a dream that Jasper Johns had in 1954.

Flag By Jasper Johns

Portrait of Dr Gachet  By Vincent Van Gogh

This is one of the top works of art by famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh was a Dutch artist who was known for his remarkable paintings. This painting is a portrait of Dr. Paul Gachet who was Van Gogh’s physician. This painting was sold for a record $82.5 million in the year 1990. Its price is astronomical in current times while adjusting for inflation. This painting holds the record for getting the highest price at a public auction.

Portrait of Dr Gachet  By Vincent Van Gogh

Andy Warhol’s Silver Car Crash “Double Disaster”

This painting was made in the year 1942 by Andy Warhol. Warhol is a modern painter who has popularized the school of artwork called pop art. This painting was sold for $105.4 million in a Sotheby’s auction at New York in November, 2013. This painting is known for its stunning colors and remarkable realism. This painting is considered the most expensive work of Warhol. Of all the paintings done by this artist, this particular piece is said to be the costliest and it is a fabulous piece of work.

Andy Warhol’s Silver Car Crash Double Disaster

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