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10 World’s Most Expensive Paintings Made By Famous Painters

| Published on March 6, 2020

True luxury comes with no price tag. People living the ultra-rich life will be able to relate to it. They always want what is best and the price is no concern to them.

Today we bring you a list of most expensive paintings in the world that have been sold at auctions.

1. Untitled – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean‐Michel Basquiat - Untitled, 1981, acrylic and oilstick on canvas

Many of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings are in some way autobiographical, and Untitled, which was created in 1982 may be considered a form of self-portraiture. The skull here exists somewhere between life and death. The eyes are listless, the face is sunken in, and the head looks lobotomized and subdued.

Yet there are wild colors and spirited marks that suggest a surfeit of internal activity. Developing his own personal iconography, in this early work Basquiat both alludes to the modernist appropriation of African masks and employs the mask as a means of exploring identity.

Sold for: $111 million (in 2017)

2. Meules – Claude Monet


Claude Monet’s Meules created in 1890, the most glorious and effusive work from the artist’s famed Haystacks series, sold Tuesday at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale for an astonishing $110,747,000. The winning bid shatters the previous record for the highest sum ever paid for a work by Monet, signaling the enduring value and popularity of the French Impressionist master; the bid is also the record for any Impressionist work of art.

Sold for: $111 million (in 2019)

3. Young Girl with a Flower Basket – Pablo Picasso

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Young Girl with a Flower Basket is a 1905 painting by Pablo Picasso from his Rose period. It was painted at a key phase in Picasso’s life, as he made the transition from an impoverished bohemian at the start of 1905 to a successful artist by the end of 1906.

Sold for: $115 million (in 2018)

4. The Scream – Edvard Munch

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The Scream is the popular name given to a composition created by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch in 1893. The original German title given by Munch to his work was Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature), and the Norwegian title is Skrik (Shriek).

Sold for: $120 million (in 2012)

5. Twelve Landscape Screens – Qi Baishi

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The painter Qi Baishi has become the first Chinese artist to join the $100 million club. A set of Qi’s ink-brush panelsTwelve Landscape Screens (1925), sold for $140.8 million (931.5 million yuan) on Sunday at Poly Beijing. It is the highest price ever paid for a work of Chinese art at auction.

Sold for: $141 million (in 2017)

6. Three Studies of Lucian Freud – Francis Bacon

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Three Studies of Lucian Freud is a 1969 oil-on-canvas triptych by the Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon, depicting artist Lucian Freud. It was sold in November 2013 for US$142.4 million, which at the time was the highest price attained at auction for a work of art when not factoring in inflation.

Sold for: $142 million (in 2013)

7. Nu couché – Sur le côté gauche

Sotheby’s billed the $157m nude as a proto-feminist portrait of a sexually confident modern woman. In fact, she’s little more than a soft-hued rehash of paintings by more daring innovators.

Sold for: $157 million (in 2018)

8. Nu couché – Amedeo Modigliani

Nu couché is a 1917 oil on canvas painting by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. It is one of his most widely reproduced and exhibited paintings.

Sold for: $170 million (in 2015)

8. Les Femmes d’Alger – Pablo Picasso

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Les Femmes d’Alger is a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The series, created in 1954–1955, was inspired by Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 painting The Women of Algiers in their Apartment. The series is one of several paintings by Picasso in tribute to artists that he admired.

Sold for: $179 million (in 2015)

10. Salvator Mundi – Leonardo da Vinci

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Salvator Mundi is a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci dated to c. 1500. Long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with overpainting, it was rediscovered, restored, and included in a major Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery, London, in 2011–12. Although several leading scholars have considered it to be an original work by Leonardo, this attribution has been disputed by other specialists, some of whom posit that he only contributed certain elements.

Sold for: $450 million (in 2017)

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