Throughout the ages, painting is one of the arts that has attracted the attention of humans, because painters always depicted their dreams and thoughts in paintings. Many Artwork, including paintings, have important stories behind them. Paintings can be much more complex than they appear at first glance and are sometimes difficult to decipher. The concept
Throughout the ages, painting is one of the arts that has attracted the attention of humans, because painters always depicted their dreams and thoughts in paintings.
Many Artwork, including paintings, have important stories behind them. Paintings can be much more complex than they appear at first glance and are sometimes difficult to decipher. The concept of lasting works can vary from personal experiences of the artist to historical events. Some of these paintings are narrations of religious stories and famous novels, which the artist has depicted in the most beautiful way possible. In fact, many of these artists have been able to perpetuate their works in history with their artistic taste.
Every artwork depends on the experience of its creator, so we can conclude that art has always been a part of our lives. Artworks have the power to question society’s norms and change society’s behavior. Art can be the voice of different cultures and convey what is happening in another society.
Art collections are objects that only one person owns. Anyone who intends to buy them should buy them from someone who values their possession psychologically and emotionally. Therefore, the price that is set for it, must also overcome this emotional value.
Be prepared for a short artistic and expensive trip because in this article we have introduced some of the most expensive paintings in the world.
Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci
Although this da Vinci masterpiece has the title of the most expensive painting in the world, but due to the fact that it is kept in a museum and has not yet been auctioned, an exact price cannot be determined for it. However, experts have estimated the price of this masterpiece at 620 million dollars.
Salvator Mundi – Leonardo da Vinci
This painting of Christ’s face as if he is holding a glass is the most expensive painting in the world after Mona Lisa.Da Vinci painted this valuable work on the order of Louis XII, the king of France at that time, and it is interesting to know that Da Vinci was working on this work at the same time, he was also busy painting Mona Lisa. Another thing about this work is its disappearance for hundreds of years until a group of British art dealers rediscovered this eye-catching painting in 2005.The value of this painting is estimated at 450 million dollars.
Interchange – Willem de Kooning
De Kooning painted Interchange in 1955, inspired by his surroundings in New York. A billionaire named Kenneth C. Griffin bought this painting together with Pollock’s 17A painting for a total of 500 million dollars. Of course, those interested in this unique work can still see this painting closely at the Art Institute of Chicago. The value of this painting alone is estimated at 300 million dollars.
The Card Players – Paul Cézanne
This painting is one of the 5 paintings by Paul Cézanne in the collection of card players, which differ in the size and number of players. Cézanne completed this collection in 1895. This Cézanne masterpiece was bought by the Qatari royal family at an auction in 2011 for $250 million.
When Will You Marry? – Paul Gauguin
French post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin painted this work during his first trip to Tahiti. This work is part of Gauguin’s “When Are You Getting Married?” series, all of which were painted of women living on an island in Tahiti. In 2015, after 2 years of negotiations, this painting was finally sold for 210 million dollars, and in that year it earned the title of the most expensive painting in the world.
17A – Jackson Pollock
17A was completed by Pollock in 1948 and the work was purchased in 2015 for $200 million. 17A is not currently on public display, but Jackson Pollock’s other works can be seen in museums around the world from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) – Mark Rothko
You might think that you could paint a canvas like this, but painting number 6 has left a deep impression on the contemporary art world since it was completed and presented by Rothko. Apart from the high price, another reason for the fame of this work is that it is part of a lawsuit between the Russian financier Dmitry Rybolovlev and his art consultant. The value of this painting is 186 million.
Portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit – Rembrandt
Rembrandt painted this work in 1634 to commemorate the marriage of Maerten and Oopjen. It is interesting to know that these two works are always exhibited together and art experts have agreed that these two portraits should always be kept together. In 2015, these two portraits were jointly purchased by the Louvre Museum and the Rijksmuseum for $180 million.
Masterpiece – Roy Lichtenstein
This work was completed in 1962 by Lichtenstein. The artist created this work inspired by comic magazines. Steven E. Cohen bought the masterpiece in 2017 for $165 million.
Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer II – Gustav Klimt
This work is one of the most expensive paintings in the world and in fact it is one of the two portraits that Klimt painted of Adele. Both portraits were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Fortunately, both of these works were eventually transferred to a museum in Vienna. The work you see in the picture was eventually bought by Oprah Winfrey, although she sold it to a Chinese billionaire. The value of this painting is 150 million dollars.
Triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud – Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon painted this work in 1969 after his friend and professional rival Lucian Freud. This portrait is considered one of the most famous and, of course, the most expensive paintings in the world, which was bought by Elaine Wayne for 142 million dollars in 2013.
No. 5, 1948 – Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock completed painting No. 5 in 1948 and sold it a year later for $1,500 to another painter, Alfonso A. Ossorio. Number 5, after being damaged in Ossorio’s house, returned to its creator to be restored, but Pollock decided to repaint the entire painting instead. No. 5 was sold for 140 million dollars in 2006 and was at the top of the world’s most expensive paintings at that time.
Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I – Gustav Klimt
Austrian painter Gustav Klimt painted two portraits of Adele Bloch Bauer, who was actually a banker’s wife. Both of these portraits are among the 20 most expensive paintings in the world today. This work was bought by Russian billionaire Ronald Lauder in 2006 and is currently on display at New York Gallery. This painting is priced at 135 million dollars.
The Scream – Edvard Munch
The Scream painting is perhaps one of the most symbolic and of course the most famous paintings in the world. It is interesting to know that Munch painted the Scream 4 times and this 120 million dollar painting is much less valuable than the painting that is being displayed in the Norwegian National Gallery in Oslo.
Untitled – Jean Michel Basquiat
This work is in the list of the most expensive paintings in the world and the main style of the creator of this work is graffiti. “Untitled” became the most expensive painting created after 1980 when it was sold for more than 110 million dollars in 2017. Jean Michel Basquiat has a history of collaboration with Andy Warhol and his works are displayed in some of the best exhibitions in the world. “Untitled” was bought by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.
Art is sacred and every work created by artists deserves respect. These paintings were only a few examples of the most expensive paintings in the world, and we should not forget that many valuable paintings in the world are not included in this list because they have never been sold at auctions.