TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS EVER SOLD

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TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS EVER SOLD

This top 10 list contains the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction or through private sales.That does not mean that it is the most famous paintings . These are in fact owned by museums and are sold very rarely. The painting estimated to be the highest value is Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. This painting is located in the Louvre in Paris and is valued at $ 790,000,000. The very first painting ever sold to auction on a lot of money is a Dutch painting, “The Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh . This sale took place in the year 1987 for an amount of $ 83.6 million. Then there were many expensive sales on auctions. In recent years there are more and more famous old paintings for a huge amount to new owners. They pay hundreds of millions of dollars.

10. Woman III ($ 163.4 million)

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‘Woman III’ (1953) is a painting of a series of six paintings by Willem de Kooning . The central theme was a woman. The painting is painted in an abstract expressionist style and is 1.73 meter in size at 1.23 meters. For a while, “Woman III” was exhibited in a museum. But, after the revolution in 1979, it could not be shown again because of the strict rules that were then imposed on visual arts and what they portrayed. In 1994, “Woman III” was therefore sold to Thomas Amman. He later sold the painting to David Geffen, who sold it to Steven A. Cohen on November 18, 2006. This last sale made the most money, namely $ 163,400,000.

TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS EVER SOLD

9. No. 5 ($ 166,300,000)

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In 1948 the painting became ‘No. 5 ‘painted by Jackson Pollock, an American abstract expressionist artist. It has a size of 2.4 by 1.2 meters. Jackson Pollock has sprinkled gray, brown, white and yellow paint on this painting. The result is described by many as a ‘close bird’s nest’. On November 2, 2006, ‘No.5’ was first sold. That was David Martinez for $ 166.3 million.

8. Now Couché ($ 172,200,000)

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The Italian Amedeo Modigiani painted in 1917 and 1918 his most famous painting ‘Nu Couché’. The size is 60 centimeters by 92 centimeters. It has been sold many times. Last time, the painting produced no less than $ 172,200,000. That was on November 9, 2015 at Christie’s (auction) in New York. The painting was then sold by Laura Mattioli Rossi to Chinese businessman Liu Yiqian. ‘Now Couché’ is also called ‘red nude’. It belongs to a series of nude paintings.

7. Read Femmes d’Alger ($ 181,200,000)

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The world famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso is the creator of the painting ‘Les Femmes d’Alger’. He painted it in the year 1955. Les Femmes d’Alger has a dimension of 1.14 meters at 1.46 meters. From a private collection, the painting on May 11, 2015 was sold to Christie’s (auction) in New York to Harmad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani for an amount of $ 181,200,000. ‘Les Femmes d’Alger’ is part of a series of 15 paintings and a number of drawings. In addition, Pablo Picasso was inspired by the painting ‘Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartment’ by Eugéne Delacroix (1834).

6. Marten Soolmans wedding portraits and Oopjen Coppit ($ 182 million)

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The Rijksmuseum the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) bought together in September 2015 the marriages of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit for an amount of $ 182,000,000. They bought it from Éric de Rothschild, who had the painting in his private possession until that time. These are two paintings made by Rembrandt van Rijn in the year 1634. They are images of a married couple, both of which are depicted in full length on one of the two paintings. These are Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. The paintings measure 2.08 meters by 1.32 meters. Rembrandt has rarely painted paintings of such size, showing full-length people. It is also unique that the two paintings have always been inseparable (in all those years).

5. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) ($ 188,000,000)

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The Russian-American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko painted in 1951 ‘No. 6 ‘, also called’ Violet, Green and Red ‘. In August 2014, the painting was sold by Cherise Moueix to Dmitry Rybolovlev for $ 188 million. ‘No. 6 ‘, like many other works by Mark Rothko of the same period, consists of vast colors (in this case violet, green and red), bound by uneven, blurred shades.

TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS EVER SOLD

4. Number 17A ($ 202,000,000)

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In 1948, the painting ‘Number 17A’ was made by American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. In September 2015, the painting brought about $ 202 million. It was then sold by the David Geffen Foundation to Kenneth C. Griffin. The painting consists mainly of asymmetrical yellow, blue, red, black and white faces and lines.

3. The card players ($ 276 million +)

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‘Card players’ comes from the French post-depressionist Paul Cézanne. He painted it at the end of the 19th century (1892/1893). The painting belongs to a series of oil paintings, which was painted in the final phase of Paul’s painter’s career. All paintings in this series show a card game, but they differ in size, number of card players and the setting in which the game takes place. The paintings are now spread across different cities, including in museums (in Paris, London, New York and Pennsylvania).The most expensive painting of ‘The Card Players’ was privately sold in April 2011 by George Embiricos to Qatar for $ 276 million. By 2015 this was the most widely sold painting ever.

2. Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When will you marry?) ($ 303 million)

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In 1891 the French post impressionist artist Paul Gauguin left for Tahiti for the first time. He hoped to find a paradise for painting pure ‘primitive art’. He painted many paintings with native women: nude, dressed in traditional Tahitian clothes or dressed in a Western style. The painting ‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo’ is an example of this. It was painted in the year 1892 and has a size of 101 centimeters by 77 centimeters.In February 2015, Nafea Faa Ipoipo, also called “When are you getting married?” called, sold for an amount of $ 303 million. The painting deserves a shared first place in this list. It was owned by Rudolf Staechelin’s family for a long time, but was sold to Qatar, which was also owned by ‘The Card Players’ (the number 3 of this list).

1. Interchange (the Kooning) ($ 303 million)

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The most expensive painting has ever been sold (together with ‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo’, the number 2 on this list) ‘Interchange’ by Willem de Kooning. It is in the hands of Kenneth C.Griffin. He bought it together with the David Geffen Foundation’s Number 17A ‘(Number 4 of this list) painting in September 2015 for $ 303,000,000. It is lent at the Chicago Art Institute. ‘Interchange’ was made in 1955 by the abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning. It is an oil on canvas with a size of 2,007 at 1,753 meters. It consists of asymmetrical faces and lines of primary colors, black and white, with the color white dominating.

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