10 Most Expensive Art Pieces Ever Sold

#10. Bal du moulin de la Galette, $78.1 million

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It’s an 1876 painting by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This piece is considered one of Impressionism’s most influential masterpieces. The painting is of a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in Paris.

#9.  Portrait of Dr. Gachet, $82.5 million

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“Portrait of Dr. Gachet” was painted by Vincent van Gogh. It was purchased at auction by Ryoei Saito, Japan’s second-largest paper manufacturer. This painting is considered extra valuable because Van Gogh crafted it in the final months of his life. Dr. Gachet, who Van Gogh wrote may have be even sicker than him, cared for him up until he died 1890.

#8. Garçon à la pipe, $104.2 million

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“Garçon à la pipe,” which translates to “boy with pipe,” was painted by Pablo Picasso. It sold at the Sotheby’s auction in 2004. They would not reveal the name of the buyer, but it was rumored to have been bought by Guido Barilla.

#7. Portrait of Adele Bloch – Bauer I, $135 million

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The “Portrait of Adele Bloch –Bauer I” was painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907. It was sold in 2006 to Ronald Lauder for the Neue Galerie in NYC. It is considered his most memorable work form his golden phase and one of two portraits he did of Adele Bloch. Bloch was Viennese lady who worked in a salon and became close friends with Klimt.

#6. Woman III, $137.5 million

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The painting “Woman III” by abstract impressionist Willem de Kooning was purchased by American billionaire Steve Cohen in 2006. This is one of six in its series and painted in 1953.

#5. No. 5, 1948, $140 million

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David Geffen sold the classic drip Jackson Pollock, “No. 5, 1948,” to David Martinez, a Mexican financier in 2006. This is one of the abstract painters most famous pieces. The painting has been considered by many to look like a “dense bird’s next.”

#4. Three Studies of Lucian Freud, $142.4 million

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“Three studies of Lucian Freud” was painted by Francis Bacon, sold for a whomping $142.4 million in 2013. It’s actually a younger painted having been crafted in 1969. Lucian Freud, depicted in the painting, was Bacon friends and competitor. They stopped being friends in the mid-1970s after a fight they couldn’t reveal.

#3. Le Rêve, $155 million

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“Le Rêve,” which translates to “The Dream,” was painted by Pablo Picasso in 1932. It was purchased by Steve Cohen from casino owner Steve Wynn in 2013. When Picasso was 50 years old, he painted this portrait of his 22-year-old lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter.

#2. The Card Players, $250 million

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This is one of a series by post-impressionist Paul Cézanne. “The Card Players” painting is of French peasants playing cards in the 1890s. All the paintings in the series are similar depicting men, playing card, looking downward and smoking. It was bought in 2011.

#1. When Will You Marry?, $300 million

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This 1892 painting sold for $300 million. It’s the most expensive painting ever sold. The painting depicts two women dressed in Tahitian clothing.It was crafted by French painter Paul Gauguin and purchased this year, 2015.

H/T: The Guardian



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