10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

There’s no doubt that artwork found in museums and private collections around the world are priceless. Painting is an expressive form of art which is admired by several people who have love and respect for it. People value paintings according to its beauty, skill, uniqueness or price. Let’s have a look at some of the paintings which are most expensive in the world.

The Card Players – over $250 million

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The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by the French artist Paul Cézanne. He painted five paintings in the series during his final period in the early 1890s. One version of the series was sold to a royal family in Qatar for over $250 million USD.

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I – $135 million


This impressive work of art was done by Gustav Klimt. It was started in 1903 and continued to work until 1907. It was sold in 2006 for $135 million.

No. 5, 1948 – $140 million

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Jackson Pollock was an American painter who designed this meticulous painting. It is a classic Pollock drip painting featuring organic lines with droplets of red, yellow, blue and grey paint in various shades. This was sold for $140 million USD.

Woman III – $137.5 million

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This painting was drawn by de Kooning between 1951 and 1953. The theme of the painting was a woman. In 2006 it was sold for $137.5 million, making it the fourth most expensive painting ever sold.

La Rêve – $155 million


Le Rêve is one of Picasso’s most sensual and famous oil paintings. He portrayed his young mistress in this painting. In March 2013, the painting was sold for $155 million.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet – $82.5 million

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Portrait of Dr. Gachet is one of the most revered paintings by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during the final months of his life. The portrait was bought by a Tokyo art dealer at auction in New York on behalf of Japanese industrialist Ryoei Saito in 1990 for $82.5 million.

The Scream – $119.9 million

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This masterpiece has been brought to the world by Edvard Munch. This iconic work was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction until it was surpassed by Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud.”

Three Studies of Lucian Freud – $142.4 million

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Three Studies of Lucian Freud was created by the Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon, depicting artist Lucian Freud. It was sold in November 2013 for $142.4 million.

Garçon à la pipe – $104.2 million

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Pablo Picasso’s famous painting of a Parisian boy holding a pipe was the first painting to break the $100 million barrier. It was painted in 1905 when Picasso was 24 years old.

Nafea Faa Ipoipo – $300 million

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This oil painting belongs to 1892, created by Paul Gauguin. Nafea Faa Ipoipo (when will you marry?) depicts two women sitting among a colorful landscape of gold, green and blue. This oil painting was sold in a private sale for about $300 million USD, making it the most expensive work ever sold.