The 5 Most Expensive Paintings In The World

By on March 13, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

Avid art collectors are known for shelling out a lot of dough for paintings by well-known artists. However, it's not every day someone purchases a piece of art for hundreds of millions of dollars, but that was the case for the following works.

These paintings top the charts as the five most expensive to ever be sold.

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(Prices have been adjusted to reflect inflation.)

5. Jackson Pollock's 1948 Number 17A

Price: $208 million

Sold at: A private sale in September 2015

Buyer: Kenneth C. Griffin

Hedge fund investor Kenneth C. Griffin purchased this work by American painter Jackson Pollock, as well as a second piece by de Kooning from entertainment mogul David Geffen's private collection.

4. Paul Gauguin's 1892 Nafea Faa Ipoipo?

Price: $219 million

Sold at: A private sale in early 2015

Buyer: State of Qatar

Translated to "When Will You Marry?," this composition depicts two Tahitian women. One dressed in a traditional Tahitian dress, while the other wears a mission dress.

3. Paul Cézanne's circa 1892 The Card Players

Price: $274 million

Sold at: A private sale in 2011

Buyer: Royal Family of Qatar

This is the only version of this work by French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne still in private hands.

2. Willem de Kooning's 1955 Interchange

Price: $312 million

Sold at: A private sale in September 2015

Buyer: Kenneth C. Griffin

Also purchased by Griffin, this contemporary painting by late Dutch abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning was bought at the same time he scooped up Pollock's Number 17A. The two works were sold for a total of $500 million ($300 for the de Kooning, $200 for the Pollock).

1. Leonardo da Vinci's circa 1500 Salvator Mundi

Price: $450.3 million

Sold at: Christie's New York in November 2017

Buyer: Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism

This oil painting of Christ as Salvator Mundi was presumed to have been destroyed and was not rediscovered until 2005. It was sold at auction by Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev.

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