Leonardo and Raphael were more than just teenage mutant ninja turtles. They were actually masters in the art of painting who lived during the High Renaissance period of the 15th to 16th centuries. Painting masters have been around for the longest time, from the 13th century proto-renaissance of Cimabue and Pucelle to romanticist era that featured the likes of Goya.
Their paintings are invaluable, so much so that stringent security measures are applied in the museums where they are displayed. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive paintings in the world based on the original price that it was sold.
The Card Players (1892-93) :- (Paul Cezanne)
- Income :- $259 million
The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne. Painted during Cezanne’s final period in the early 1890s, there are five paintings in the series. The versions vary in size and in the number of players depicted. Cézanne also completed numerous drawings and studies in preparation for The Card Players series. One version of The Card Players was sold in 2011 to the Royal Family of Qatar for a price variously estimated at between $250 million and $300 million, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold.
No. 5, 1948 (1948) :- (Jackson Pollock)
- Income :- $140 million
No. 5, 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock, an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The painting was done on an 8′ × 4′ sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance.It was originally owned by Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr. and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art before being sold to David Geffen and then allegedly to David Martinez in 2006 (though the supposed sale of this painting to Martinez has been denied by his attorneys).
Woman III (1953) :- (Willem de Kooning)
- Income :- $137.5 million
Woman III is a painting by abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. Woman III is one of a series of six paintings by de Kooning done between 1951 and 1953 in which the central theme was a woman. It measures 68 by 48 1?2 inches (1.73 by 1.23 m) and was completed in 1953.
From late 70s to 1994 this painting was part of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art collection, but after the revolution in 1979, this painting could not be shown because of strict rules set by the government about the visual arts and what they depict. Finally, in 1994 it was quietly traded by Thomas Ammann Fine Art to David Geffen for the remainder of the 16th century Persian manuscript, the Tahmasbi Shahnameh.
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) :- (Gustav Klimt)
- Inome :- $135 million
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt. The first of two portraits Klimt painted of Bloch-Bauer, it has been referred to as the final and most fully representative work of his golden phase.
The painting was appropriated by the Nazis, and its ownership was subsequently contested between the heirs of the original owners and the Austrian state, finally being settled by a panel of Austrian judges in favor of the family members. According to press reports, the work was later sold for US$135 million to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City in June 2006, which made it at that time the most expensive painting for about 4 months.It has been on display at the gallery since July 2006.
The Scream (1895) :- (Edvard Munch)
- Income :- $119.9 million
The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) is the title Munch gave to these works, all of which show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Arthur Lubow has described The Scream as “an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time.
Edvard Munch created the four versions in various media. The National Gallery, Oslo, holds one of two painted versions (1893, shown at right). The Munch Museum holds the other painted version (1910, see gallery) and a pastel version from 1893. These three versions have not traveled for years.
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932):- Pablo Picasso
- Income :- $106.5 million
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is a 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso, featuring his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. The painting was in the personal collection of Los Angeles art collectors Sidney and Frances Brody for nearly six decades.An unknown buyer bought this painting in 2010 at a Christie’s auction in New York. This oil on canvas painting features the mistress and muse of Picasso named Marie Therese Walter. The canvas has a vibrant blue and lilac color. It is the second most expensive painting to be sold at an auction.
Garcon a la Pipe (1905) :- (Pablo Picasso)
- Income :- $104.2 million
Garçon a la Pipe is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It was painted in 1905 when Picasso was 24 years old, during his Rose Period, soon after he settled in the Montmartre section of Paris, France.This Picasso artwork was bought by the Barilla Group through an auction conducted by Sotheby’s in 2004 from the Greentree Foundation. A young Picasso did the painting in 1905 when he was just 24 years old. He used cheerful colors that were common of his work during his Rose Period. The painting was done in the Montmartre section of France and it showed a young local sporting a wreath of flowers or garland on his head while holding a pipe in his left hand.
Eight Elvises (1963) :- (Andy Warhol)
- Income :- $100 million
Eight Elvises is a 1963 silkscreen painting by American pop artist Andy Warhol. In 2008 it was sold for $100 million to a private buyer, making the painting the most valuable work by Warhol at the time.Annibale Berlingieri sold this artwork to an unknown buyer through a private sale arranged by Philippe Segalot in 2008. It is actually a silkscreen painting done by the renowned American pop artist Andy Warhol. It featured the “King of Rock and Roll” himself, Elvis Presley.
Dora Maar au Chat (1941) :- (Pablo Picasso)
Income :- $95.2 million
Dora Maar au Chat is a 1941 painting by Pablo Picasso. It depicts Dora Maar, the painter’s lover, seated on a chair with a small cat perched on her shoulders. This work is one of the world’s most expensive paintings.Boris Ivanishvili bought this painting from the Gidwitz family in 2006 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. This is the third Picasso on the list and just like the first one, it featured one of the painter’s lovers. This time, the lover who posed for the master artist was Dora Maar, a woman 26 years younger than him. Picasso had done several paintings of Maar during their relationship that lasted nearly 10 years.
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912) :- (Gustav Klimt)
- Income :- $87.9 million
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt. The first of two portraits Klimt painted of Bloch-Bauer, it has been referred to as the final and most fully representative work of his golden phase. The painting was appropriated by the Nazis, and its ownership was subsequently contested between the heirs of the original owners and the Austrian state, finally being settled by a panel of Austrian judges in favor of the family members.
According to press reports, the work was later sold for US$135 million to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City in June 2006, which made it at that time the most expensive painting for about 4 months.It has been on display at the gallery since July 2006.