Paintings with history at the Sotheby’s and Christie’s are no doubt the most creative and beautiful paintings which later became the most expensive paintings in the world. The paintings painted by the born artists like Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh and many other artists have their each painting as the best ones. These paintings were put to auction several times and their worth is increasing day by day.
Well today I have this amazing post for you people about the top 10 most expensive paintings ever sold in the world.
10. Irises by Vincent Van Gogh
This painting was painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1889 in France. It was the most expensive painting of its time and was sold for $53,900,000 to Alan Bond. Vincent Van Gogh painted this while he was in asylum in the last year before his death. He used to call this painting as “the lightning conductor for my illness” because he thought that he could keep himself from going insane, by continuing painting. He considered this painting to be a study but his brother quickly submitted it to the annual exhibition of the Societe des Artistes Independents in September 1889.
9. Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso
This painting was painted in 1941 by Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar is Pablo Picasso’s lover. This picture has his lover seated on a chair with a small cat perched on her shoulders. Their relationship lasted ten years during 1930s and 1940s and this picture is an unflattering depiction of his mistress. The picture was sold recently in 2006 worth $95,200,000 at an auction at Sotheby’s.
8. Portrait of Joseph Roulin by Vincent van Gogh
This painting is from the series of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, called “The Roulin Family” and its was painted in 1889, Van Gogh loved to paint portraits, and Joseph Roulin was among the supporting friends of Van Gogh and so Van Gogh painted his portrait and it was sold for more than $105 million.
7. Nu(d)e, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso
This was painted in 1932 by Pablo Picasso which features his mistress Marie-Therese Walter. The picture was sold worth $106.5 million and is still currently on show at Tate Modern in London. This painting is among the series of portraits that Picasso painted of his mistresses and Marie-Therese Walter was not only her mistress but also her muse. The painting was publically displayed in 1961 and was commemorated on Picasso’s 80th Birthday.
6. Garcon a la Pipe by Pablo Picasso
This masterpiece is again a creation of Pablo Picasso, he painted it when he was 24 years old in 1905 and this painting depicts a Parisian boy who is wearing a garland of wreath flowers and holding a pipe in his hands. The painting was last sold for $123.1 million and is still in Sotheby’s, New York.
5. Bal du Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
This is among the best masterpieces of the world featuring a dance at Le Moulin de la Galette. In the 19th century the working class Parisians dressed up and spent time dancing, drinking and eating galettes in the evening. The painting was sold for $135.1 million dollars.
4. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh
During the final months of Vincent van Gogh, Dr. Gachet was the one who took care of him and so Vincent van Gogh painted his portrait while staying at Doctor’s place. It was put to auction in 1990 and was recently sold for $142.7 million by Ryoei Saito and is currently in Christie’s New York.
3. Portrait of Adele Bloch- Bauer I by Gustav Klimt
It was completed in 1907 and was first sold worth $137 million in 2006 and was sold recently worth $148 million. It took 3 years to Gustav Klimt to complete this picture and was painted in Vienna and was commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. It was confiscated by the Nazi Germany when the Nazis occupied Austria and then later in 2006 was put to auction.
2. Woman III by Willem de Kooning
Woman III by Willem de Kooning was completed in 2 years i.e. 1951 to 1953. It was firstly a part of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art collection and in 1979 after the revolution it was put to display. In 1994 it was first traded and then later in 2006 it was again sold to a billionaire named Steven A. Cohen. And the adjusted price currently of this painting is $152.5 million.
1. No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock
This abstract piece of art was painted by Jackson Pollock who is an abstract expressionist. The painting is like a nest shaped appearance and has the brown and yellow paint on top. It was first a part of Museum of Modern Art and was owned by Samuel Irving and then later it was sold to David Geffen who again sold it to David Martinez in 2006. And currently the painting is worth $155.3 million.