Every day art is sold and bought, oftentimes bringing hefty price tags that most will never be able to afford. Take a look at the most expensive artworks in the world.
10 - No. 5, 1948 — Jackson Pollock - $140.000.000
Organic lines with droplets of red, yellow, blue and grey paint in various shades N5 - 1948 is a classic Pollock drip painting. Another artwork that was once in the private collection of business magnate David Geffen, it reportedly sold for $140 million USD
9 - Nu couché - Amedeo Modigliani - $170.400.000
Nu couché, or Reclining Nude, was painted by artist Amedeo Modigliani in 1917-18. Featuring a nude woman lying against a mostly dark red backdrop, the work, which is one of Modigliani’s most recognized pieces, sold on November 9, 2015 for $170.4 million
8 - Les Femmes D’Alger - Pablo Picassoi - $179.300.000
A colorful display of geometric shapes and angles inspired by the painting The Women of Algiers in their Apartment by Eugene Delacroix, this art by Cubist mastermind Pablo Picasso sold for an incredible $179.3 million.
7 - Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit - Rembrandt - $180.000.000
Painted by Rembrandt in 1634, the Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit, a couple, were purchased for $180 USD as a pair. As they were a couple, it was only fitting that they should always be displayed together.
6 - No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) - Mark Rothko - $186.000.000
Painted in 1951 by the Russian-American painter, the abstract work was privately sold in 2014 for $186 million.
5 - Number 17A – Jackson Pollock - $200.000.000
Painted in 1948, this stunning drip painting features a variety of bold colors such as yellow, red, orange blue, along with some white and black splashed about.
4 - The Card Players — Paul Cézanne - $269.000.000
The Card Players of 1892-93 is one in a series of five produced by the incredible artist throughout his career. The majority of these paintings are housed in world-renowned museum collections, such as the Musée D’Orsay in Paris.
3 - Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) - Paul Gauguin - approximately$300.000.000
The year was 1891, and it was the first time the artist traveled to Tahiti, starting his love affair with the country and its women. An inspiration to many modern artists, Gauguin painted the post-impressionist Nafea Faa Ipoipo.
2 - Interchange - Willem de Kooning - $300.000.000
1 - Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci - $700.000.000*
*Mona Lisa was insured for $100 million in 1962, that would make in today’s money somewhere around $700 million, easily making it the most expensive painting. One of the most famous paintings as well, the Mona Lisa is a lovely portrait believed to be that of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Florentine cloth merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Tthe only way to see this beauty is by visiting the Louvre Museum.
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