Art and creativity is no doubt, priceless but the admirers of art are willing to pay any huge amount so that they can be the proud owners of a certain masterpiece, which is what art creates. There have been many legends in the field of arts and painting and their works are kept in museums so that they can be protected but at the same time, can be viewed and admired by people. Many people from the world try to buy those paintings at whatever cost possible because it is an honor to have a priceless painting in one’s possession, but it is not possible because paintings are not something that can be copied and only one exists in the world, so they are kept in museums. However, these paintings do have a price tag and it is not something in the range of every person.
The Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World are mentioned below:
- Salvator Mundi by Da Vinci
- Interchange by Willem de Kooning
- The Card Players by Paul Cezanne
- Nafea Faa Ipoipo by Paul Gauguin
- Number 17A by Jackson Pollock
- Violet, Green, and Red by Mark Rothko
- Pair of portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit by Rembrandt
- Les Femmes d’Algers by Pablo Picasso
- Nu Couché by Amedeo Modigliani
- Masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein
1. Salvator Mundi by Da Vinci:
Da Vinci is one of the most known and appreciated artist of history because he has given a huge contribution in the field of arts and almost all of his paintings are safely held somewhere in a museum because they are all absolutely perfect. Arts students are always taught about the paintings of Da Vinci because understanding his work is very important if one aims to become a successful artist. His painting, Salvator Mundi is the Most Expensive Painting in History. Its value is 450 million dollars.
2. Interchange by William de Kooning:
This is a very valuable piece of art which has always remained in the possession of rich business tycoons who have kept it as a treasure in their households but recently this painting has been bought by a billionaire called Ken Griffin for a total of 300 million dollars who has responsibly handed it over to a museum so that people can see and admire its beauty.
3. The Card Players by Paul Cezanne:
Paul Cezanne made five paintings in a series of the same scene and this one became the most famous and expensive and was recently bought by a Royal family in Qatar in 2011 who still hold it in possession. The two men who have posted in this picture were just commoners and would be really shocked to see this painting reach to such heights.
4. Nafea Faa Ipoipo by Paul Gauguin:
The painting, “Nafea Fan Ipoipo” or more commonly known with the title “When will you marry?” is a true master piece by the artist Paul Gauguin who went on his first tour to Tahiti in 1891, where he fell in love with the beautiful landscape and the women. This painting shows his love for them both in the form of two women in traditional Tahitian dresses sitting on a beautiful area of Tahiti. This painting has a value of 219 million dollars and was last sold in 2015 privately.
5. Number 17A by Jackson Pollock:
This painter called Jackson Pollock introduced a new style of painting in the field. He used objects like syringes, hard brushes and sticks to drip paint on the canvas and create something wholly unique. An abstract pattern that couldn’t be repeated by anyone because it was completely spontaneous. This painting was bought by Ken Griffin for $200 million at the same time he bought “Interchange”. This painting is fifth on the list of The World’s Top 10 Most Valuable Artwork.
6. Violet, Green, and Red by Mark Rothko:
This painting shows the signature style of painter Mark Rothko where he uses colors to convey his message rather than subjects. He believed that every viewer will form his own opinion on this painting. This painting was sold to Russian businessman for $186 million.
7. Pair of portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit by Rembrandt:
These two paintings are actually portraits of Oopjen and Maerten and were painted on the occasion of their wedding by painter Rembrandt as a sign of celebration. These paintings have never been apart and are bought and sold as a pair always. Recently these paintings were bought by $180 million, both of them having equal value.
8. Les Femmes d’Algers by Pablo Picasso:
Les Femmes d’Algers is also known as “The Women of Algiers” is a part of the last pieces that famous painter Picasso painted before his death. These paintings are said to be a tribute to his friend who was also an artist, Henri Matisse because it is painted with the style Matisse used in his work. In the field of painting, Picasso is a legend. His painting was sold for $179.4 million.
9. Nu Couché by Amedeo Modigliani:
This painting caused a huge uproar and scandal because it was considered unsuitable to be put on display like it was in the first show by Modigliani. It shows a naked woman lying on a red sofa which and gathered a huge crowd outside the gallery before the police shut down the show. This painting was bought by a Chinese business tycoon for $170.4 million.
10. Masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein:
Masterpiece was the start of a new style in painting which showed realistic characters and the introduction of comic style speech bubbles. People say that this painting is a depiction of Lichtenstein’s career and that the man in the painting is the artist himself, but nothing is confirmed yet. This painting was sold for $160 million and is the 10th Most Expensive Painting 2019.