Paintings are one of the most valuable things in the world. Wealthy buyers have set the record by buying the world’s most expensive paintings. Here is the list of 10 most expensive paintings in the world.
1. When Will You Marry by Paul Gauguin – $300 million
It was painted during Gauguin’s first trip to Tahiti. Paul Gauguin’s picture of two Tahitian girls “When will you marry” broke all the record for the world’s most expensive artwork. Qatar bought the painting from a Swiss collector for $300 million.
2. The Card Players by Paul Cezanne – $259 million
This painting was done by the artist from France named Paul Cezanne. The painting was done in series of 5 by Cezanne. The first two painting featured three card players and other has two spectators and it is bought by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The last three painting featured two players only, models selected by Cézanne from his family’s estate outside Aix-en-Provence: the gardener and a farm hand. This artwork is bought by the family of Qatar in 2011 for $259 million.
3. No. 6 (Violet, Green, and Red) by Mark Rothko– $186 million
This painting owned by a Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev. He paid $186 million and set the record for a work by the American painter.
4. Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) by Pablo Picasso- $179.3 million
Pablo Picasso painted a series of 15 variations of Les femmes d’Alger which is inspired by the French master Eugene Delacroix who in 1834 had painted The Women of Algiers in their Apartment. This painting is one of the most important Picasso artwork.
5. No 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock- $165.4 million
This painting bought in the secret sale by Sotheby’s in 2006. It is said that David Martinez bought the 8 by 4-foot masterpiece piece of fiberboard, covered in drips of brown and yellow paint from David Geffen, the Dreamworks co-founder. But later he denied it. Originally owned by Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr.
6. Woman III (1953), Willem de Kooning – $137.5 million
A hedge fund billionaire, Steven Cohen bought this painting which is sold by David Geffen in 2006. It was the third in a series of six paintings by de Kooning that had a woman as the central theme, an abstract expressionist, done between 1951 and 1953. The abstract expressionist painting was the part of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The artwork featured a rough model of a introduced after the 1979 revolution.
7. Le Réve by Pablo Picasso- $158.5 million
A hedge fund billionaire, Steven Cohen bought this painting also in 2013. The artwork was sold by Steve Wynn, who was the previous owner of the painting.
8. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), Gustav Klimt – $135 million
The cosmetics magnate, Ronald Lauder bought the gold-flecked painting in 2006 from Klimt classic. He used as his model Adele Block-Bauer, who was the wife of the wealthy Austrian industrialist Ferdinand Block-Bauer
9. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh- $152.0 million
Van Gogh’s portrait broke all the records when it was sold in 1990. The painting was bought by a Tokyo art dealer on behalf of Japanese industrialist Ryoei Saito. The painting is of the medic who cared for him in the final months of his life.
10. Three studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon- $145.0 million
The portrait, six-foot triptych, which was painted in 1969, and shows Bacon’s friend Lucian Freud, the British painter sold at Christie’s New York in 2013.