Someone once stated, a good painting is the one which can depict an entire story in a single picture…and a good story is the one, which is can be depicted in a single picture. In the existence of human history, the only honest thing which has the power to create history is- emotion. The very emotion made Hitler start a world war, the very emotion made Prince Siddhartha become Buddha…the very emotion made these priceless paintings…the priciest things in human legacy. It is believed that art forms are beyond the layman. But what the layman may clearly understand is, the price…once he shuts his mouth and shrinks his eyes, after starring at these masterpieces in sheer amusement:
10. Bal du Moulin de la Galette
Bal du Moulin de la Galette by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, at a price-tag of $78 million, stands 10th in the list. Depicting the Parisian art-form ‘Impressionism’, it portrays a typical Sunday noon at the Moulin de la Galette, where Parisian commoners would dress up and have a little get-together.
9. The studies of Lucian Freud
The studies of Lucian Freud by British artist Francis Bacon, which depicts Bacon’s friend and artistic rival Feud sitting for him. This oil-painting is a collection of triptychs. In 2013, at the Christie’s auction in New York, the painting was bought by Elaine Wynn for $142.4 million. Its adjusted price today is, $144.2 million.
8. Portrait of Dr. Gachet
Portrait of Dr. Gachet by the world famous Van Gogh, shows Dr. Gachet sitting with his head resting on his hand. Dr. Gachet had looked after Van Gogh in his last days. In 1990 the painting was sold for $82.5 million. Its adjusted price today stands at $148.9 million.
7. Le Rêveby
Pablo Picasso adds the legends name to this list. Picasso is undoubtedly one of the most admired artists ever. And this work of his lives up to his legacy, where he has portrayed his mistress Marie-Therese Walter in his fauvism style. In March 2013 it was bought by Steven A. Cohen for $155 million. Its adjusted value today is $156.9 million.
6. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (The Woman in Gold)
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (The Woman in Gold) by Gustav Klimt is one of the rarest pieces of Oil, Gold and Silver on canvas. It was bought by Ronald Lauder &NeueGalerie for $135 million. Its current value is $157.9 million.
5. Woman III
Woman III might be one of the most complex paintings on this list. The painting is in the art form ‘expressionist’, by Willem de Kooning. Bought by Steven A. Cohen for $135 million, the painting is today valued at $160.9 million.
4. No 5., 1948
No 5., 1948 by Jackson Pollock, is a close resemblance of a bird’s nest. Bought for $140 million, its current value is $163.8 million.
3. Version O
Version O by Pablo Picasso, a cubist art-work, was bought by Qatar’s former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani for $179.4 million.
2. The Card Players
The Card Players by Paul Cézanne is the second most expensive painting ever sold. Bought by the Royal Family of Qatar, its value is more than $275 million.
1. When will you marry me?
When will you marry me? By Paul Gauguin stands proudly as the most expensive painting ever sold. Built in Tahiti by the Post-Impressionist era artist, the painting was supposedly sold for $300+ million to the Royal Family of Qatar in February 2015.