With the demand for private ownership of classic art continuing to go up by leaps and bounds, the greatest paintings continue to reach stratospheric valuations whenever they change hands, Here are the top 10 most expensive paintings in the world.
10. No.5,1948, Jackson Pollock- $140,000,000
A drip picture, the no: 5, 1948 went for $140 million when it was sold by David Geffen to David Martinez in the year 2006. An artwork done on an 8 by 5 feet fiberboard, this piece embodies the unique dripping technique used by Pollock, one of the greatest painters in the abstract expressionist style.
9. Masterpiece, Roy Lichtenstein- $165,000,000
Masterpiece (1962) features some classic elements of pop art like Ben-Day dots and speech balloons set in a comic-strip narrative.
8. Nu Couche, Amedeo Modigiliani – $170,400,000
Nu Couché, aka the Red Nude or the Reclining Nude, is a 1917 oil-on-canvas painting by the Italian Painter Amedeo Modigliani. Often considered to be the painter’s magnum opus, the Nu Couché is a seamless fusion of classical idealism and modern-day sensuality.
7. LES FEMMES D’ALGER (VERSION O), PICASSO – $179,00,000
In the year 2015, the master’s Les Femmes d’Alger Version O sold for USD 179.4 million to set a then world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at an auction.
6. No.6 (Violet, Green and Red), Mark Rothko- $186,000,000
The use of vivid colours in a simple pattern exemplifies Rothko’s signature style of conveying an intimate message without the use of subjects. This piece was bought for USD 186 million by the Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev from the Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier in the year 2014.
5. No, 17A, 1948, Jackson Pollock- $200,000,000
Abstract expressionism was a post-WWII art movement that emphasizes on the subconscious and spontaneous creation.
4. Nafaea Faa Ipo Ipo (When will you marry?)- $210,000,000
Paul Gaugin’s 1892 painting is currently the most expensive painting in the world. His painting of two Tahitian girls smashed the world record in February 2015 when it was bought by the Qatar museums from a private Swiss collector Rudolf Staechelin for an astounding USD 300 million!
3. The Card Players, Paul Cezanne- $250,000,000
his painting held the record for the most expensive one in the world before the sale of When Will You Marry in 2015. The Card Players had been bought by the Qatari royal family from the Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos for a whopping USD 274 million in the year 2011.
2. Interchange, Willem De Kooning- $300,000,000
Interchange or Interchanged is an oil-canvas painting by the Dutch-American painter William de Kooning who belonged to the school of abstract expressionism.
1 Salvator Mundi, Attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci- $450,000,000
Salvator Mundi or Saviour of the World was supposedly painted by Leonardo da Vinci (many critics believe otherwise). The painting presents Jesus Christ dressed in Renaissance garbs and bestowing benediction, his right hand raised with two fingers crossed while holding a crystal ball in his left hand.