Some people can give millions of dollars to artworks to add to their collections and others to trade. Of course, many works deserve this value appraised. Nevertheless, it is necessary to admit that some works of art are at the cost to surprise even art lovers. Here are the ten most expensive works of art in the world to prove our words!
The painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” or better known as “The Golden Adel” was made in 1907 by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. In 2006, it was bought by American businessman Ronald Lauder for $135 million to be exhibited at the New Gallery in Manhattan, New York.
The bronze statue of the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, “L’Homme au doigt” (Pointing Man), is among the most expensive works of art in the world. The work, which was auctioned in May 2015, was purchased by Steven Cohen for $141.3 million.
Pablo Picasso’s famous painting “Les Femmes d’Alger” (Woman Of Algiers) is among the most expensive artworks in the world. The work was purchased in 2015 by Christie’s Auction House in New York by a private collector for $179.4 million.
One of the most expensive works of art in the world, the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani’s painting “Nu Couché” (Reclining Nude) has attracted $170.4 million in an auction held in New York in 2015.
The Irish painter Francis Bacon created the three-part work “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” in 1969. Bacon generally focuses on the human body in his studies. In 2013, it was purchased by the American collector Elaine Wynn for $ 142.4 million.
Painter Jackson Pollock created Number 17A in 1948. This abstract work was later purchased by Kenneth C Griffin for 200 million dollars and became one of the most expensive artworks in the world.
The painting, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) by famous painter Paul Gauguin, depicting two Tahitian girls in 1892, is among the most expensive works of art in the world. In 2014, the work was sold for $210 million, a price of $90 million below its value; the process was brought to court because alleged irregularities were made in the auction.
The exact price of the Card Player, part of Paul Cézanne’s five-painting series, is unknown because the value of the work recorded at the lowest limit which is bought by the Royal Qatar Family.
Painter Willem de Kooning’s Interchange is one of the most expensive artworks in the world. Even the work is described as the most expensive abstract landscape painting in the world. In a special auction held in 2015, it found buyers for $300 million.
Distinguished painter Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi was first recorded in the 15th century with the royal collection of King Charles I. The work was purchased by a Russian collector for $127.5 million in 2013 and sold for exactly $450.3 million in 2017 at a 20-minute auction.