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5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever with Price Tags that will Blow Your Mind

Picasso’s Mona Lisa is the most expensive painting in the world valued at $780 million but not sold yet.  At second place, we have a tie between two paintings one by Kooning and the other by Gauguin. Here’s a list of the most expensive price paintings to be sold at auctions around the world.

Source per image: Wiki Commons

Source per image: Wiki Commons. The numerals signify the most expensive artworks as per the Gazette Review.

2. Interchange (1955)

Cost $300 million

Artist Willem de Kooning (1904-97) known as a pioneer of abstract expressionism. His works are characterized as possessing a sense of dynamic incompletion. His chief inspiration came from the cubism of Picasso.

Seller David Geffen Foundation

Buyer Kenneth C. Griffin

2. When Will You Marry? (1892)

Cost $300 million

Artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a preeminent artist of the Post-Impressionism period. His art contributions led to the birth of the Synthetist style of modern art.

Seller Rudolf Staechelin family

Buyer The State of Qatar

3.The Card Players (1892-93)

Cost $259 million

Artist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is a pioneer of the Post-Impressionist era, also known as the ‘Master of Aix’ and recognized for his works that led to the emergence of twentieth-century modernism.

Seller George Embiricos

Buyer The State of Qatar

4.Number 17A (1948)

Cost $200 million

Artist Jackson Pollock (1912-56) best known for his modern art technique called splatter and drip’ action paintings.

Seller David Geffen Foundation

Buyer Kenneth C. Griffin

5.No. 6 (1951)

Cost $186

Artist Mark Rothko (1903-70) is a renowned Abstract Expressionism artist who employed bright colors in his works to evoke strong emotions.

Seller Cherise Moueix

Buyer Dmitry Rybolovlev

More expensive paintings to exist

At sixth place is Rembrandt’s Wedding Portraits that sold at $180 million. Followed by Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers selling for $179 million. At eighth place is Modigliani’s Red Nude that sold for $170 million to Liu Yiqian. Jackson Pollock’s No.5 (1948) was sold for $165 million stands as the ninth priciest painting. Lastly, Willem de Kooning’s Woman III was sold in 2006 for $137.5 million.

Fun Fact about contemporary expensive paintings 

The most expensive painting sold by a contemporary artist is Jasper John’s Flag that sold for $120 million dollars in 2012.


  • October 13, 2017


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