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9 Most Expensive Paintings In The World

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9 Most Expensive Paintings In The World

Imagine the world in which there would be Black Friday discounts on works of art… Hahaha, it’s so unreal that I cannot even imagine that. Anyway, I thought that too many sales today can give one a headache so I want to show you another extreme: 9 most expensive paintings.

9. $164.6 mln

Jakson Pollock, Number 5, 1948, 1948, Private collection

Jakson Pollock, Number 5, 1948, 1948, Private collection

This work by Jackson Pollock was bought by a Mexican businessman David Martínez in 2006.

8. $170.4 mln

Amadeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, 1918, Private Collection

Amadeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, 1918, Private Collection


This beautiful nude was bought in 2015 by a Chinese businessman and art collector, Liu Yiqian, who paid for it with his American Express credit card…

7. $179.4 mln

Pablo Picasso, Women of Algiers, version O, 1955, Private collection

Pablo Picasso, Women of Algiers, version O, 1955, Private collection

In 2015, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani, an ex-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Quatar bought this Picasso  inspired by Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 painting The Women of Algiers in their Apartment.

6.$180 mln

Rembrandt, Pendant Portraits of Maerten Soolmans And Oopjen Coppit, 1634, Louvre/Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt, Pendant Portraits of Maerten Soolmans And Oopjen Coppit, 1634, Louvre/Rijksmuseum


This pair of portraits was bought by the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre in 2015.

5. $186 mln

Mark Rothko, No 6. (Violet, Green and Red), 1951, Private collection

Mark Rothko, No 6. (Violet, Green and Red), 1951, Private collection

This magic Rothko was bought by a Russian businessman Dmitry Yevgenyevich Rybolovlev (you might have heard of him in 2015 when his ex-wife ordered him to pay over $4.5 billion as a divorce settlement). Rothko purchase happened a year before, though.

4. ~$200 mln

Jackson Pollock, Number 17A, 1948, Private collection

Jackson Pollock, Number 17A, 1948, Private collection


Pollock again: this time he was handed to Kenneth C. Griffin, an American hedge fund manager, founder and CEO of the global investment firm Citadel. Remember this guy, he will appear again…

3. $273 mln

Paul Cezanne, The Card players, 1893, Private Collection

Paul Cezanne, The Card players, 1893, Private Collection

This purchase was made in the name of the state by the Qatari royal family. Lucky Cezanne or lucky king?

2. ~$300 mln

Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo? (When Will You Marry?) 1892, Private collection

Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo? (When Will You Marry?) 1892, Private collection


Four years after their purchase of Cezanne, the royal family buys again. In 2015 the state of Qatar paid approximately 300 million dollars for this Gauguin. We don’t know exactly how much because the sale was private. It was bought from the family of Rudolf Staechelin who was a Swiss businessman and art collector.

And the winner is: ~$300 mln

Willem de Kooning, Intechange, 1955, private collection

Willem de Kooning, Intechange, 1955, private collection

Kenneth C. Griffin is the owner of the most expensive painting. He paid slightly more than Qatar, but again we don’t know exactly how much more because the transaction between him and David Geffen Foundation was private.


Well, I hope you’re gonna have such a successful shopping as these guys.

Magda, art historian and Italianist, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Weiwei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.

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