There’s no doubt that many people would agree that the majority of artwork found in museums and private collections around the world are priceless. It is difficult to put a price on many paintings; however, almost on a daily basis, art is sold and bought, often with hefty prices that most will never be able to afford. So, let’s take a look at some of the most expensive paintings in the world.
- Numerous individuals would presumably concur that the Mona Lisa, painted by High Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, is invaluable. Putting a cost on an artful culmination of this bore is almost impossible; however, in 1962, the Mona Lisa was safeguarded for $100 million USD, the most noteworthy at the time. In the present cash, that would be some place around $700 million USD, effectively making it the most expensive painting. The Mona Lisa is an exquisite picture accepted to be that of Lisa Geraldine, the wife of a cloth merchant Francesco del Gioconda. It currently resides in the louvre museums.
- Gauguin painted the post-impressionist “Nafea Faa Ipoipo” (When Will You Marry?) in 1892. Portraying two women sitting among a beautiful scene of gold, green and blue, the fine art sold in 2015 for roughly $300 million USD, tying it with Interchange as the most expensive painting sold. While the buyer isn’t confirmed, many trust that it is currently in the ownership of the Qatar royal family.
- The Card Players of 1892-93 is painted by the Paul Cézanne as a part of a series of five paintings. The larger part of these artworks is housed in incredibly famous museum accumulations. Art darlings around the globe learned in 2012 that this particular variant was secretly sold the year before in 2011, at a stunning cost of over $250 million USD. This painting is also known to be possessed by the Royal Qatar family.
- A brilliant show of geometric shapes and edges painted by the Orientalist painting The Women of Algiers in their Apartment by Eugene Delacroix, Les Femmes D’Alger (Version ‘O’) by Cubist brains Pablo Picasso sold for a fantastic $179.3 million USD in May 2015 at a Christie’s Auction. All through his career, Picasso painted 15 distinct variants of this specific work – ‘O’ was the last one, finished in 1955. Like many other paintings, the purchaser has stayed unknown.
- A standout amongst the costliest paintings ever, Nu couché, or Reclining Nude, was painted by the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani in 1917-18. Highlighting a naked lady lying against a generally dim red setting, the work, which is one of Modigliani’s most recognized pieces, sold on November 9, 2015 for $170.4 million USD. The buyer of this work is the billionaire Lui Yiqian.