10 most expensive artworks ever purchased!
#10 – Dora Maar au Chat (Pablo Picasso)
One of the most controversial Picasso’s paintings!
Though not everyone is able to understand the main concept of this painting, lots of people would like having this unique artwork in their living-rooms. One of the latest Picasso’s creations is in the private collection of Georgian billionaire, who bought it for $95.2 million.
#9 – Eight Elvis (Andy Warhol)
Presley’s fame will never die!
This unique 12-feet painting is done in silver and depicts the idol of millions in a repetition of imagery. The new owner of this artwork is unknown. However, it is known that he or maybe she has shelled out 100 million dollars to get Eight Elvis.
#8 – Garçon à la pipe (Pablo Picasso)
Picasso’s new style!
The main value of this painting is in its unusual set of colors. Garçon à la pipe was created during Picasso’s so-called Rose Period. It is painted in a cheerful palette of pink and orange colors which is not typical for Picasso’s earlier style. This famous artwork was sold for $104 million.
#7 – Walking Man (Alberto Giacometti)
One of the most expensive sculptures ever sold!
This bronze statue is known as one of the most expensive artworks ever sold. In 2001 it was placed on Sotheby’s auction. A new owner paid 104 million dollars to enjoy this sculpture!
#6 – Nude, Green Leaves (Pablo Picasso)
Picasso had his own vision of love!
Nude, Green Leaves depicts Marie Therese Walters - Picasso’s ladylove. A painting that was created within one day, was later sold for $106.5 million. Unfortunately, the artist did not live to see that.
#5 – The Scream (Edvard Munch)
This is how scream looks like!
Edvard Munch’s famous painting has 4 versions. Three versions are kept in museums and only 1 was placed on auction in 2012. An anonymous bidder shelled out $119.9 million for this artwork. The main value of The Scream is not the record price, but the poem written by Edvard Munch at the back of his creation.
#4 – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Gustav Klimt)
A pretty woman deserves praise and $135 million!
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is one of the most popular paintings created by Gustav Klimt. It was purchased directly from the museum and is now in the private collection of Estee Lauder Cosmetics founder - Ronald Lauder.
#3 – Woman III (Willem de Kooning)
Woman’s beauty can be depicted differently!
Willem de Kooning has 6 paintings depicting woman’s beauty. Woman III is kept in a private collection and was sold for $137.5 million. It is one of the most famous and important privately-owned post-war paintings.
#2 – No. 5 (Jackson Pollock)
One of the first drip paintings.
Jackson Pollock became famous due to his drip paintings. Though someone may say the artwork No. 5 is odd, it was sold for 140 million dollars. It seems the price depends on the level of oddity a painting has.
#1 – The Card Players (Paul Cézanne)
Card games are usually expensive!
This is the only one of 5 The Card Players paintings that is privately held. Other four paintings are kept in world-class museums. The Card Players was purchased for 250 million dollars. Play debts seem to be smaller than the price of the artwork depicting a card game.