The list of the most expensive paintings ever includes No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock which recently sold for $140,000,000 making it the most expensive painting ever sold. This list however does not include paintings in a museum, art house, chapel or exhibit whose value could exceed 1 billion dollars if put up for auction. With the assistance of our readers and art appraisers we have assembled the Top Ten (10) Most Expensive Paintings in a Museum, Art House, Chapel or Exhibit.
Valued at $780,000,000.
The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. The ceiling is that of the large Sistine Chapel built within the Vatican by Pope Sixtus IV, begun in 1477 and finished by 1480.
Valued at $642,000,000.
The Mona Lisa or La Gioconda is possibly the most famous painting int he world. No other painting has been subject to more studying and is often considered as Leonardo da Vinci's Magnum opus. The Mona Lisa adorns the walls of the Musee du Louvre in Paris.
Valued at $510,000,000.
This 15th century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci represents the scene of The Last Supper from the final days of Jesus. The painting has never been privately owned because it cannot be moved easily.
Valued at $480,000,000.
The School of Athens or "Scuola di Atene" in Italian is one of the most famous paintings by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael.
Valued at $442,000,000.
Liberty Leading the People (French: La Liberté guidant le peuple) is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution, and specifically the events of the 28 July 1830 in the centre of Paris. The political statement symbolizes "WOMAN'S" power in France and the Western World.
Valued at $390,000,000.
The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het meisje met de parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. The painting is currently housed at The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa". The girl's brown eyes and pearl and mysterious life of the artist deserves this painting to be one of the best and one of the most expensive.
Valued at $345,000,000.
The Starry Night is a painting by Dutch post impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. Since 1941 it has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Widely hailed as his magnum opus, the painting has been reproduced many times and is one of his most renowned paintings. This painting propelled Van Gogh into mainstream popularity.
Valued at $305,000,000.
Night Watch or The Night Watch (Dutch: De Nachtwacht), is the common name of one of the most famous works by Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. The painting may be more properly titled The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch. It is on prominent display in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and it is its most famous painting.
Valued at $265,000,000.
Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant) is a painting by Claude Monet, for which the Impressionist movement was named.
Valued at $215,000,000.
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) was the last major work by French painter Édouard Manet before he died. It depicts a scene in the Folies Bergère nightclub in Paris.
As a fan of fine art, I believe some of these appraisals are on the low end, as it is not hard to imagine the Mona Lisa alone bringing in well over 1 billion dollars. The publicity and patronage alone would generate that revenue back. I look forward to your thoughts and thank all who assisted in the creation of this article.
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