Many people would definitely agree that the majority of artwork found in museums and private collections around the world are priceless. Art is usually one of a kind and almost on a daily basis, art is sold and bought, oftentimes bearing a huge price tag that most people will never be able to afford. Let us take a look at some of the worlds expensive artworks – from Old to New that no one can deny carry their weight in monetary value.
- Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci: We cannot talk about expensive art without mentioning the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci. This work of art in 1962 was insured for $100 million USD, the highest at the time. In today’s money, that would be around $700 million USD, making it the most expensive painting. This priceless piece of art is a lovely portrait believed to be that of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Florentine cloth merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Because of its pricelessness, the only way to see this work of art is by visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Les Femmes D’Alger (Version ‘O’) — Pablo Picasso: This mastermind by sold for an incredible $179.3 million USD in May 2015 at a Christie’s auction. Throughout his art painting career, Picasso painted different versions of this particular work. ‘O’ was the last version, completed in 1955.
The Card Players — Paul Cézanne: Paul Cézanne produced five of these throughout his career. The Card Players of 1892-93 is one in the series. Lovers of Art around the world learned in 2012 that this particular version was privately sold in 2011 for over $250 million USD which in today’s money is about $269 million USD. This painting is confirmed to be in the possession of the royal family of Qatar.
No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) — Mark Rothko: In 1951, Russian-American painter Mark Rothko painted the abstract work No 6. It privately sold in 2014 for $186 million USD. This set a high record for the artist while also making it one of the most expensive paintings ever. Known for his canvases featuring vibrant coloured rectangular shapes, Rothko’s painting was sold to a Russian billionaire and the sale facilitated by art dealer Yves Bouvier. Rybolovlev believed he was misled about the price of the artwork and is now in a legal dispute with the art dealer.
Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) — Paul Gauguin:
In 1891, Paul Gauguin travelled to Tahiti, and started his love affair with the country and its women. Gauguin painted the Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) in 1892 and is an inspiration to modern artists. The painting depicts two women sitting among a colourful landscape of gold, green and blue, the artwork sold in 2015 in a private sale for approximately $300 million USD. Although the buyer of this art is not confirmed, many in the art world believe that is now in the possession of the Qatar royal family also.
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