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Top Ten (10) Most Expensive Paintings Of All Time w. Pics

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Millions and Hundreds of Millions of dollars are spent every year by the wealthy seeking a highly sought after piece of art. Following is a list of the Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings of All Time and an explanation of what makes them so special and worth the exorbitant price.

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1. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt ($135,000,000)

This record breaking sale was enabled by a court order by the Austrian government to return the painting to the Artist's rightful heir. The entire dispute lasted over a year and was necessary to return the painting that was looted by the Nazis during World War II.

Skillfully painted in 1907 by the art nouveau master Gustav Klimt, the painting was purchased by Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetics heir, in 2006.

2. Garçon à la Pipe by Pablo Picasso ($104,100,000)

Created during the Rose Period, Garcon a la Pipe showcases Picasso's exceptional use of cheerful orange and pink palatte.
The oil on canvas painting, measuring 100 × 81.3 cm (slightly over 39 × 32 inches), displays a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand.

The record price auction at the time on May 4, 2004 in Sotheby's was a bit of a surprise to the core art buyers, because it was painted in the style not usually associated with the pioneering Cubist artist.

3. Dora Maar with Cat by Pablo Picasso ($95,200,000)

Another enormous surprise followed in 2006, when this painting near doubled its inaccurate presale estimate and brought in new record $95,200,000 at auction at Sotheby's on May 3, 2006.

Painted in 1941, Picasso's controversial portrait (one of his last) is sometimes described as an unflattering depiction of his mistress, Dora Maar, who was an artist/photographer and mistress of Picasso whose relationship lasted ten years during the 1930s and 40s.

4. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh ($82,500,000)

This painting by the Dutch Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh suddenly became world-famous when Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito paid $82.5 million for it at auction in Christie's, New York. Saito was so attached to the painting that he wanted it to be cremated with him when he died. Saito died in 1996 ... but the painting was saved.

Vincent van Gogh actually painted two versions of Dr Gachet's portrait. You can view the other version, with a slightly different color scheme, at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

5. Bal Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir ($78,000,000)

Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre was painted by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1876. On May 17, 1990, it was sold for $ 78,000,000 at Sotheby's in New York City to Ryoei Saito, who bought it together with the Portrait of Dr Gachet (see above).

6. Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens ($76,700,000)

This painting by Peter Paul Rubens, painted in 1611, is the only painting in this list which was not painted in the 19th or 20th century. It was sold to Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet for $ 76,700,000 at a 2002 Sotheby's auction.

7. Portrait de l'Artiste sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh ($71,500,000)

Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe ("Self-portrait without beard") is one of many self-portraits by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. He painted this one in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in September 1889. The painting is a oil painting on canvas and is 40 cm x 31 cm (16" x 13").

This is an uncommon painting since his other self-portraits show him with a beard. The self-portrait became one of the most expensive paintings of all time when it was sold for $71.5 million in 1998 in New York.

8. Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cézanne ($60,500,000)

This painting by Paul Cézanne, painted in ca. 1893-1894, sold for $60,500,000 at Sotheby's New York on May 10, 1999 to "The Whitneys". Whitney, born into one of America's wealthiest families, was a venture capitalist, publisher, Broadway show and Hollywood film producer, and philanthropist.

9. Femme aux Bras Croisés by Pablo Picasso ($55,000,000)

This work, painted in 1901, was a part of Picasso's famous Blue Period, a dark, sad time in the artist's life. The beautiful & various tones of blue are typical. The painting depicts a woman with her arms crossed staring at the endless nothing.

Femme aux Bras Croisés was sold for $55,000,000 November 8, 2000, at Christie's Rockefeller in New York City.

10. Irises by Vincent Van Gogh ($53,900,000)

Vincent van Gogh painted this at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in 1889, only one year before his death. In 1987, it became the most expensive painting to date. It was sold for $ 54,000,000 to Alan Bond and later resold to the Getty Museum.


No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock ($140,000,000?)

Unconfirmed rumors buzzing in the art world now place this painting at the top of the list, at least temporarily. If true, the $140 million price tag would be the highest ever for a painting, besting the $135 million paid for the Gustav Klimt painting Portrait of Adele Block Bauer in June 2006.

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Eye of the beholder huh.

Eye of the beholder huh. Ever see a miss universe pagent. All the women are tall and thin. Frazetta is good but I doubt his stuff sells for millions. Albert Bierstadt is still the greatest and highest paid American artist of all time.

Fact: Jackson Pollock paintings suck

Fact: Jackson Pollock paintings suck. This is indisputable. My IQ is 365.

Your wrong

Ok listen,
Just because your iq is so high doesnt mean that your opinion is the only one that matters
And I Have the highest iq in my class and I go to harvard so there
And btw his pintings are pretty cool!

Do you have a sidekick named

Do you have a sidekick named Pinky?

r u serious ? ? ?

r u serious ? ? ? hahaahahahahhahahahahahahahaahhahahahaah

So yeah, its looks like a

So yeah, its looks like a bunch of paint. Because it is. And yes, you could do it easily as well. But you didn't do it first. For him to be the first to use this overly abstract style makes him a revolutionary and you a talented copy cat. but congratulations on the awesome iq. too bad it didn't come with creativity.

you obviously drank the

you obviously drank the kool-aid... Pollock is a talentless loser and so are you.

Agreed...only, my IQ is

Agreed...only, my IQ is about half that.

Jackson pollock

the only reason i like jackson pollock is becuase in class we have to make a painting that is similar to a famous artist. i chose jackson pollock because all you have to do is throw paint on a paper. how easy is that???????????

opinions are always

opinions are always disputable

come get sum!!!!!!!!!

you suck y dont u make a painting that can sell for millions chump. what it do my iq in 10 now what son come to cali and my boi philip will handle you. make you cry for your momma and then say u aint got an iq of 365 chump.

exression is driven with purpose.

I am an art lover. I am open to new innovative ideas that can bring a person to think or feel differently than before. Self expression equals emotion which bring this thing we call 'art' to life.

Art can not be defined. Art can not be justified.

I may not always find certain pieces pleasing to the eye, however I look beyond the picture and try to understand the artist and their technique or medium. Their purpose. In my opinion a 4 year old can finger paint the most beautiful refrigerator art imaginable. However the thought, purpose and drive behind the effort is point less.

Although I feel the 'arts' do not stop here. Humans are expressing themselves everyday by the clothes they wear, their tattoos, stories, along with various styles and genre's of music and dance. Yes, some may be more pleasing, soothing, confusing or outrageous than others. Maybe I sound like a hippie love'n tree hugger but this world would be ssooooooooo boring with out self expression. So you don't have to like it and the value may be just as insane as the artist itself. But learn to appreciate what they are saying/expressing.


Those paintings shown above

Those paintings shown above are not very good. It doesn't make any sense why they are worth so much money today when they were hardly worth anything when they were painted. The skills which those painters possessed are really mediocre. Those people who bought those paintings really got ripped off.

what is the base of your

what is the base of your judgment? one art can never be compared with the other... like one moment can not be compared with another... and the artists did not put high price of their paintings, it was the people who had money; may be they wanted to make more money out of art. after all, we all are human beings... it is not a mediocracy... its the tragedy of life. and art has a potencial to take us beond that. but that art has to come out of good heart, from good intention...

What is the base of my

What is the base of my judgement? Well, did you look at the paintings? Yes you can compare art. Look at paintings from 1300's all the way up to the 1800's. Art progressed and kept getting better and better. But the quality of art really declined during the 20th century with picasso and his contemporaries. Yes artists did put high prices on their paintings. Read about artists of the 1800's. They sometimes would turn down large sums of money because they knew that their paintings were worth more. And some of them did get more, such as the Hudson River School artists because the quality of their work was excellent. Im not sure what to make of your last comment. I think your just trying to sound poetic. Nice try

New and Different

They are not worth so much becuase they are the best paintings ever. They are worth so much becuase at the time what these people did was new and different than others. People pay for the innovation of the time. Sometimes we can't see that now because in our generation we have grown up looking at all of that, it's old to us. In their world, the artists now passed were the Radioheads of their time :-)

Not only that, some artists are revered because of their ideals. They had "courage", etc.

I don't always agree with this explanation, but it is what it is.

I think Pollock's paintings

I think Pollock's paintings are worth money only because of his personality, life story and culture at the time.

You're an idot.

You're an idot.

absolutely lagree .))

absolutely lagree .))

What's an "idot"?

What's an "idot"?

RE: If Jackson Pollack is worth $140 million...

true THAT

Haha...thats good

Haha...thats good

Rednecks think $100 million too much for Picasso???

But $100 Billion for an illegal war because Bush lied, is OKAY?



Art is a commodity like land, stocks, diamonds, etc.

First of all, art is subjective. Art is supposed to make people think. Good art repulses or makes one smile, grin, feel butterflies in the stomach or causes passion. Pictures that do create emotions are just pictures. These paintings obviously create emotion to bring people or institutions to hold them to such a high $$$value$$$. There are only so many paintings by the greatest known artists in private hands. Each year, fewer and fewer are available. There are paintings by some artists that are only able to be seen in permanent museum collections. The point is that a diamond is nothing more than a rock and most people value it and pay gross amounts of money for even very small ones. A car like a Mercedes is no better than most other cars but they command a higher price because they are perceived as valuable and people with money have the luxury of owning what ever they choose.... This includes $100 million works of art. Of course they could have any painting in any style (and probably do), but it is the highest valued ones that are the most appealing.
I have friends who are worth $50 million and who have several homes including an apartment in NYC they rarely visit, but pay taxes/maintenance on anway..... I asked them why they needed so many homes and boats and cars and my friend simply said "Because it feels good knowing I have them"..... It shocked me to hear that. People like that do not live the same existance a we do. They do not have the same concerns, stresses and limitations as we do. They live a life without worrying about being frugal.
A friend of my mother bought an American Circa 1800 table about 20 years ago for $65,000. My mother ranted and raved about how stupid her friend was. (Her friend was a hard-working mom raising 3 kids on her own, and very succesful Honolulu Realtor).... Well, a couple years ago she tired of her table and as an investment decided it was time to sell it. It sold for $475,000.00....... She had the last laugh I guess.
You see, value is subjective....just like art.

If you got it flaunt it.

If taste is subjective and ART IS A COMMODITY!

But right up there with all that is why do people spend $100 on an electric shaver? Why spend $40,000 on a car? Why $ 300 on shoes or even $75..why buy a 1800 sq/ft house for $200,000?? Bunch of losers..only these guy had it right..except hes long winded about it.

Sure its subjective but,

Sure its subjective but, love him or hate him, one must admit Bierstadt is the greatest because of his natural talent, high popularity, record prices he recieved for his work, medals awarded from several countries, and also the many positive and negative critiques of his work. I dont think any artist in history was more critically acclaimed during their lifetime than Albert Bierstadt was during his.

Albert Bierstadt

It's great you love his work. I love the Hudson River School and the 19th C. Romanticism. But you cannot call him the greatest anymore than a lover of cubism can say the same about Picasso.
Try looking at Thomas Cole... Frederick Kensett, Cropsey, Moran.......

Bierstadt was just a tiny facet of that school.

yes but

Like any artist he was only a small facet in his genre, but rose above because of the emotionally charged colors and dramatic contrasts in his painting.

The other artists are lacking those.

Thats a contradiction.

Thats a contradiction.

When it comes to artistic

When it comes to artistic skill, control of the paint, and the creation of a powerful image I believe he is the greatest. I have taken many different art history classes and I have never heard the reaction of "WoW!" from students until an Albert Bierstadt painting was shown. I see that same reaction toward his work when I visit museums. That is the greatest reaction an artist could hope for. Sure I like other painters too, but Biertsadt's work is sensational. As far as the Hudson River school is concerned it was actually not a school but a way to group the artists who lived and painted around the Hudson. It was made up by the critics and the artists disliked it. Also, he wasn't a tiny facet of that group but was actually the most popular and most talked about. Once Bierstadt started recieving record sums for his work many of the other artists turned their backs on him.

Yeah but an Albert Bierstadt

Yeah but an Albert Bierstadt painting is a piece of history.

A piece of history that has

A piece of history that has been done by 1000's and is historically seen on roadside van sales,how original ,pained mountains and cowboys!, LOL

Also, with a great painting

Also, with a great painting one shouldn't have to think, just sit back and enjoy it.

Why don't you just go to Yosemite instead

I like to ponder and think about art.... I see things in paintings that are modernist.
Realism is so obvious...boring.

Might as well go to Yosemite as look at a Bierstadt

Mark Twain once went to see

Mark Twain once went to see an Albert Bierstadt painting called "Domes Of The Yosemite". He said everything about it was correct, but the only problem with it is that it is too gorgeous. That was his reaction and he also said it is definitely worth going to see.

Alberts painting are boring,

Alberts painting are boring, there is a guy on tv Sunday mornings that paints the same dam things, looks like typical art, comparing him to these guys is uninformed and a embarrassment to them. Go and ask the typical person on the street whom they have heard of, guarantee it won't be Albert. Albert's painting r not even close to catching the highest price. I'm right your wrong end of story!

no comment

Its ok to respect or love art, but this is crazy instead of giving all those money for some stupid picture you can save lives by feeding hungry people. Someone will be death today because can not find money to eat and someone will give trilions to buy a painting...

What really is a shame is

What really is a shame is that during the late 1800's impressionism was becoming the popular style and Romanticism was beginning to fade out. Those impressionist works look like paintings that were left out in the rain. I thought I needed glasses when I first saw one. Landscapes are the highest form of painting and those impressionist works just dont possess the power and presence like an Albert Bierstadt picture. Painting was truly at its peak during the 1800's with Romanticism. Then it was all down hill from there.


Why was painting truly at its peak in the 1800s, is that all your opinion is? You have a lot to learn.

I've studied art history for

I've studied art history for years and I have visited museums throughout Europe and the United States. Nothing comes close to the Romanticism movement of the the 1800's. The paintings from that era are truley inspiring and powerful. The Louvre in Paris has the Mona Lisa as its prize, which is nothing special to look at, wheras the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC has Washington Crossing the Delaware and Rocky Mountains Landers Peak, real showstoppers.

Albert Bierstadt is so fake,

Albert Bierstadt is so fake, yes it will draw a wow the first time you see his work, but after you have seen maybe 4-5 you will be sick of his paintings. Is it hard to notice the amount of unrealistic exageration in his work? Paintings filled with Deers, Clouds and Springs over and over. The unreal use of contrast, light stands out against darkness and creates this cool effect that wears of if you look at his work for more than a minute.

Impressionism is so fresh and new. Renoir, Monet and Degas are truly awsome. Thankfully they paved the way for a break from Romantic boredome. There is only an age and time for everything and things have to change. After Romanticism had been carried on and on for years, art had to break out from it.

Your comment is laughable.

Your comment is laughable. Albert Bierstadt was the king of the art world during his career. I have seen several of his paintings and I never get sick of them. Sure some of the atmospheric effects are built up in some of his paintings, but that really shows the great skill and imagination Bierstadt possessed. Many people flocked to see his next "Great Picture" and he recieved enormous sums of money for them. None of the those impressionist painters were as successful as Bierstadt was. It is impressionism which is exremely boring and fake. The artists you mentioned really didnt make an impact like Bierstadt did. Albert Biertstadt is a legend.

Thry're all crap,especially

Thry're all crap,especially the Pollack.The demented minds of those who painted them are surpassed only by the dementia of those who pay untolled amounts of cash for them,

Damn! you guys are sitting

Damn! you guys are sitting here arguing about some fag
paintings! you all need to get laid, seriously!

yes we actually have lives

yes we actually have lives and interests other than the opposite sex's privates, go read a fart joke, dumbass

You are obviously curious

You are obviously curious about something since you went on this site in the first place.

By far the greatest painter

By far the greatest painter that ever lived is Albert Bierstadt. Painting was truly at its height during the 1800's with the American landscape painters. Bierstadt's paintings were selling for $20,000 to $30,000 during the 1800's and one going for as much as $50,000. Those prices were astounding and unheard of back then. He recieved many medals from several countries around the world. If Bierstadt were to go back in time to any time period and paint other painters would hero worship his skills, or they would be so jealous they would want to kill him. It should be his paintings that go for a hundred million dollars and not Pollock or Picasso or even DaVinci. Pollock had no talent whatsoever and neither did Picasso. They are just popular because they caused controversy and people who spend millions on those paintings are just paying for the name. Picasso originally painted in a realistic style and was pretty good but realized he would not get far if he continued to paint that way. He took a chance and totally changed his style into what we see today and it paid off. DaVinci was good for his day and thats it. The Dutch artists eventually topped his stuff. But even the Dutch masters cannot compete with Bierstadt. Also, there was a revival of interest in Albert Bierstadt's art during the 1960's because many people were sick of the modern garbage. Bierstadt had amazing skill and talent and really should be considered the best of the best.

are you kidding me? Albert

are you kidding me? Albert Bierstadt's paintings are so boring and so generic and have nothing interesting going on in them.. ooooh two sail boats. wow, watch my heart pump.
how conservative.

I guess you never saw "Rocky

I guess you never saw "Rocky Mountains, Landers Peak" or "Among The Sierra Nevada Mountains" or "Last Of The Buffalo." Im sure the people who spent the large sums of money for them probably felt the same way I do. Do some research on him and you will find out how praised and sought after his work was. After all he is the highest paid American artist in history.