Today you will meet the Most Expensive Paintings ever sold. While many consider paintings from artist like Van Gogh and Picasso to be priceless, some have been sold with a hefty price tag. From Dukes to famous musicians and even an anonymous Austrian family, many have spent millions of dollars to own their piece of history.
Below you can find a list of the most expensive paintings ever sold.
The Card Players (app. $259 Million)
Artist: Paul Cézanne
Date Painted: 1892/93
Art Style: Oil on Canvas
Sold To: Royal Family of Qatar
Price (Date of Sale): $259-$320 Million (April 2011)
Adjusted Price Today: $268.1 Million
This one has the first place at the list of most expensive paintings ever sold. The exact price of The Card Players (even the currency of sale) is not known, with estimates from $259 million to even $320 million. The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne. Painted during Cézanne’s final period in the early 1890s, there are five paintings in the series. Keep in mind though guys, the Royal Family of Qatar didn’t buy the series – they bought just that one painting for ~259 million). The series is considered by critics to be a cornerstone of Cézanne’s art during the early-to-mid 1890s period, as well as a “prelude” to his final years, when he painted some of his most acclaimed work.The models for the paintings were local farmhands, some of whom worked on the Cézanne family estate, the Jas de Bouffan. Each scene is depicted as one of quiet, still concentration; the men look down at their cards rather than at each other, with the cards being perhaps their sole means of communication outside of work. One critic described the scenes as “human still life”, while another speculated that the men’s intense focus on their game mirrors that of the painter’s absorption in his art.
No. 5, 1948 ($161.7 Million)
Artist: Jackson Pollock
Date Painted: 1948
Art Style: Oil on Canvas
Sold To: David Martinez (managing partner of Fintech Advisory) Price (Date of Sale): $140 Million (November 2, 2006)
Adjusted Price Today: ~$161.7 Million
The second place for most expensive paintings ever sold goes for No. 5. The painting was done on an 8′ × 4′ sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. It is speculated that David Geffen (the previous owner – founder of Geffen Records and co-founder of Dreamworks SKG) sold the painting, along with two others, to raise enough funds to bid for the Los Angeles Times. The Stone Roses’ song “Going Down”, B-side of “Made of Stone”, makes a comic reference to the painting: “Passion looks like a painting, Jackson Pollock’s No. 5″. The record’s cover was a painting by guitarist John Squire in a style similar to that of Jackson Pollock.
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Woman III ($158.8 Million)
Artist: Willem de Kooning
Date Painted: 1953
Art Style: Oil on Canvas Sold To: Steven A. Cohen
Price (Date of Sale): $140 Million (November 18, 2006)
Adjusted Price Today: $ 158 Million
Woman III has the 3rd place in the list of most expensive paintings. The masterpiece is one of a series of six paintings by de Kooning done between 1951 and 1953 in which the central theme was a woman. It measures 68 by 48 1⁄2 inches (1.7 by 1.23 m). From late 70s to 1994 this painting was part of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art collection, but after the revolution in 1979, this painting could not be shown because of strict rules set by the government about the visual arts and what they depict. Shame, eh? The buyer, Steven A. Cohen, is an American hedge fund manager who has a net worth of 9.3 billion dollars (woah!), In November 2012, he began to be implicated in a large criminal insider trading scandal. In July 2013, SAC was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with failing to prevent insider trading. He is an avid art collector, and to date, Cohen has bought around $700 million worth of artwork; in 2003, the New York Times reported that in a five-year period, Cohen spent 20% of his income at art auctions.
Le Rêve ($155 Million)
Artist: Pablo Picasso Date Painted: 1932
Art Style: Oil Painting
Sold To: Steven A. Cohen
Price (Date of Sale): $155 Million (March 26, 2013)
Adjusted Price Today: $155 Million
Le Rêve (French, “The Dream”) got the 4th place of most expensive paintings ever sold. It is a 1932 oil painting (130 × 97 cm) by Pablo Picasso, then 50 years old, portraying his 22-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. It is said to have been painted in one afternoon, on 24 January 1932. The erotic content of the painting has been noted repeatedly, with critics pointing out that Picasso painted an erect penis, presumably symbolizing his own, in the upturned face of his model. After a $90,000 repair, the painting was re-valued at $85 million, however Cohen still bought it this year for $155 Million – weird right?
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I ($154.9 Million)
Artist: Gustav Klimt
Date Painted: 1907
Type: Oil, silver and gold on canvas
Sold To: Ronald Lauder, Neue Galerie
Price (Date of Sale): $135 Million (June 18, 2006)
Adjusted Price Today: ~$154.9 Million
Last but not leas, the 5th place of most expensive paintings ever sold. Klimt took three years to complete the famous paintings. It measures 54″ x 54″ [138 x 138 cm] and is made of oil and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the Jugendstil style. This painting has had a pretty crazy history, and without trying to go into too much detail: The picture was painted in Vienna and commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. Adele Bloch-Bauer (Ferdinand’s wife), in her will, asked her husband to donate the Klimt paintings to the Austrian State Gallery upon his death. She died in 1925 from meningitis.
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