Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings: Up to $450 Million (Video)


On November 15, the painting “Salvator Mundi” attributed to Leonardo da Vinci was sold for $450m at Christie’s, New York, and became the most expensive painting ever sold in the history.

It surpassed “Les Femmes d’Alger”, which was sold for around $180 two years ago.

Nexter prepared for you a video of the most expensive paintings of all times. Don’t wait to check it out!

Let’s read about every piece of art in details:

1. Leonardo Da Vinci – Salvator Mundi ($450)


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It was painted in the period of 1490–1519 years. The artist is believed to be Leonardo Da Vinci, but the ongoing dispute rises a question whether it’s really his artwork.  Nevertheless, “Salvator Mundi” is now the most expensive piece of art. Dmitry Rybolovlev sold it.

2. Willem De Kooning – Interchange ($300)


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Made by Dutch-American abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning in 1955. The buyer Kenneth C. Griffin.

3. Paul Cézanne – The Card Players ($266)


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This is a series of painting of  local farm residents made in 1894–1895. It was bought by State of Qatar.

4. Paul Gauguin – When Will You Marry? ($212)


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An exotic painting of Gauguin was made during his trip to Tahiti (around 1892). It was sold to State of Qatar on a private sale.

5. Jackson Pollock –  Number 17A ($202)



A significant contribution to the abstract expressionist movement was made by Jackson Pollock. Number 17A is one of the most famous works of the artist and was sold to Kenneth C. Griffin.

6. Mark Rothko – No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) ($188)



This combination of colorful stripes (no offense, just a modest opinion) was painted by Mark Pothko in 1951. The buyer is Dmitry Rybolovlev, the same businessman, who sold Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”.

7. Rembrandt – Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit ($182)



One of the oldest artwork in this list (1634). It seems that modern art is more popular, thus those paintings are more expensive than masterpieces of Baroque and Renaissance period.

8. Pablo Picasso – Les Femmes d’Alger ($182)



It is a series of 15 paintings, titled “Version N”, “Version C” and other variations. This one is “Version O” if that makes any difference.

9. Amedeo Modigliani – Nu Couché ($172)


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Probably, it isn’t surprising that a naked woman is among the most expensive artworks, however, Pollock’s and Rothko’s abstract paintings still attracts more attention. The buyer was the Chinese businessman Liu Yiqian.

10. Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I ($160)


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We skipped a few painting and decided to place Klimt’s masterpiece as the last one in this list. So-called “The Austrian Mona Lisa” was once stolen by the Nazis, then it was returned and sold to Ronald Lauder and  Neue Galerie.

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