Painting is an amazing art and the innovative sketches show the talent and expertise of the people who made them. The talent and potential hidden in the people make them a fine artist and the same is true for painting artists. Making paintings can be a hobby for some people but on the other hand it is the passion of many keen people. They are extremely indulged in their painting and get out the very best of their on the canvases. Their wonderful masterpieces are praised by all and some people wish to have the best collection of these great skill. Artists consider their painting as priceless having no comparison or some may sell them on extremely high rates and people think it as honor to buy them and fulfill their gratification. Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh are very renowned artists and made many unique masterpieces. There are many other famous paintings that are the best in their own kind but here is the list of top 10 most expensive paintings in the world based on their original prices. This list shows very small but unique masterpieces that worth so much and leaves an impression on mind that gratification is priceless and it does not matter that how much money is spend on it.
10. Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) – $105.4 million
This artistic work done by the most popular legend of pop art named as Andy Warhol in 1963 and was sold for $105.4 million at an auction in November, 2020.
9. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust – $106.5 million
This expensive painting was purchased by an unknown purchaser at an auction in May, 2012 for a worth of $106.5 million. It is a colorful and sensual artwork done by Pablo Picasso in 1932. This oil painting has a vigorous plum and blue color and it depicts the muse and mistress of Picasso called Marie Therese Walter.
8. Flag – $110 million
Flag is a hot wax painting by the living American artist Jasper Johns. This sort of work is known as the most famous work of this artist. It was sold to Steven Cohen via a private sale in 2010 and its selling price was $110 million. He accomplished his first American flag painting in 1954-1955 and he is really renowned for it.
7. The Scream – $119.9 million
This expensive painting ‘The Scream’ is the most vibrant masterpiece of Edward Munch who was an expressionist artist and was sold at an auction in 2012. There are four variants to this painting that was collectively designated the famous name “The Scream of Nature”, designed as both pastels and paintings. This painting depicts a sketch that has expressions of pain and misery and is a symbol of contemporary art.
6. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I – $135 million
This amazing painting is an emblematic work which was sold to Ronald Lauder in 2006 for $135 million. This painting is a Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, the rich Australian industrialist Ferdinand Block-Bauer’s wife by artist Gustav Klimt in 1907. This work has been known as the most full and final representation of his golden phase. This painting shock the world of art not only by the tremendous amount paid for it but also the mean it was sold.
5. Woman III – $137.5 million
Woman III is an abstract expressionist painting painted by artist Willem de Kooning in 1953. It is one of the sequences of six paintings with the women as the central idea. This painting stayed as a part of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art from late 70s to 1994 but in 1979 after the Islamic resolution, this painting could not be displayed due to ban on this sort of artwork that depicts a rough model of a woman. It was purchased by a billionaire Steven Cohen for $137.5 million in 2006.
4. No. 5, 1948 – $140 million
This stunning and expensive contemporary artwork accomplished by an American painter Jackson Pollock in 1948. He is renowned for his improvement to the abstract expressionism which is an American art movement. This painting depicts a nest like appearance with the help of thick amounts of yellow and brown paint sprinkled on the top of sheet of fiberboard. It was bought by an unknown buyer in 2006 for an amount of $140 million.
3. Three Studies of Lucian Freud – $142 million
It is oil on canvas sort of artwork divided in three sections that was accomplished by a British painter Francis Bacon in 1969, portraying artist Lucian Freud. Three Studies of Lucian Freud is a modern work of art which shows the Freud sitting on a wooden chair with an orange background. It was sold to an unnamed client for $ 142.4 million in November 2020.
2. Le Reve -$155 million
Le Reve is oil on canvas sort of painting done by Pablo Picasso, in 1932. It is his one of the most erotic and popular painting and a portrait of his admirer Marie-Therese Walter who was 22 years old and shows her sitting on an armchair with closed eyes. This painting is of the period when he portrayed serpentine sketches with distinct colors and simplistic outlines that give an image of early Fauvism. Casino holder Steve Wynn decided to sell this painting to an artwork collector Steven Cohen in 2006, but this deal was cancelled due to the accidental damage to the portrait by Steve Wynn. Because of the great interest of Cohen in it, this painting was sold to him after being superbly repaired for $155 million in March 2020. It is known about this painting that it was accomplished in one afternoon.
1. The Card Players – $259 million
The Card Players is an amazing sequence of five oil paintings innovatively accomplished by the Post impressionist French artist known as Paul Cezanne. These paintings was created in the early of 1890s during the final period of Cezanne, and differ in size and no of characters sketched, the first two series of this painting sketched three card players while the last three sketched only two players. In order to prepare the series of The Card Players, Paul Cezanne completed various studies and drawings, and made a dozen of sketches before final accomplishment. Its largest version was bought by Royal family of Qatar in April 2011 through private sale and this painting is the most expensive painting in the world, that worth approximately $250 to $300 million.