10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS EVER SOLD This is a list of the highest known prices ever paid for paintings
6/14/2016 2:30:00 AM -

This is a list of the highest known prices ever paid for paintings. This means that the list won't include the most famous paintings in the world, as these artworks, and especially those prior to the 20th century, are held at museums and are rarely sold. All prices in this list areadjusted to inflation    

1. Nafea Faa Ipoipo, Paul Gauguin (1982) - sold for about 300 Million USD -  Not very famous among the general crowd, this 1982 painting is the most expensive painting ever sold. It is oil on canvas, 101 by 77 cm (40 in × 30 in). The painting was sold in a private sale on February 2015, possibly to the state of Qatar

2. The Card Players, Paul Cézanne (1892-93) - sold for 274 Million USD - The Card Players is a series of oil painting by Paul Cézanne. The specific painting that was sold was of 97 x 130 cm (38 x 51 inch). It was bought by the State of Qatar at a private sale, on April 2011. This was held the record for the most expensive painting ever sold until February 2015

No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), Mark Rothko (1951) - sold for 186 million USD - Purchased on August 2014 by Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian businessman, from the previous owner - Christian Moueix, a French winemaker   

4. Les Femmes d'Alger ("Version O"), Pablo Picasso (1955) - sold for 179.3 million USD - This painting is the latest entry in this list, sold on May 11, 2015. It is the most expensive Picasso painting ever sold. The painting is just one out of a series of paintings under the same name    

5. No. 5, 1948, Jackson Pollock (1948) - sold for 165.4 million USD - The painting of the American painter is 2.4 m x 1.2 m (8 ft × 4 ft), and it is oil on fiberboard. It was sold on November 2, 2006    

6. Woman III, Willem de Kooning (1953) - sold for 162.4 million USD - Woman III is one painting of a series of six paintings that de Kooning done between 1951 and 1953 in which the central theme was a woman. It was sold for 162.4 million USD on November 18, 2006    

7. Le Rêve, Pablo Picasso (1932) - sold for 158.5  million USD - Le Rêve, French for "The Dream", is an oil painting by Pablo Picasso. The painting portraying Picasso's 22 year-old mistress, and it is said to have been painted in a single afternoon! The painting measures 130 cm x 97 cm (51 in x 38 in). It was sold for the stated sum on March 26, 2013    

8. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt (1907) - sold for 158.4 million USD - This portrait is the first of two portraits Klimt painted of Bloch-Bauersold. The 138 cm x 138 cm (54 in x 54 in) artwork was sold on June 18, 2006 at a private sale    

9. Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh (1890) - sold for 152 million USD - The painting was done in 1890, the last year in van Gogh life. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during his last months. The oil painting is 67 cm × 56 cm (23.4 in × 22.0 in), and it was sold for the mentioned amount on May 15, 1990 at a Christie's auction in New York    

10. Three Studies of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon (1969) - sold for 145 million USD - This artwork by the Irish-born British painter is made of three distinct sections. It is the latest painting of all the paintings on this list. It was sold on November 12, 2013 at a Christie's auction in New York    

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