12 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold, Art Gallery, Unsplash

There’s a saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Yet, when it comes to the most expensive paintings, some pictures are worth a heck of a lot more. Some paintings have garnered such reputations that nine-figure sale prices aren’t uncommon when the gavel drops at auction.

Regardless of whether it is via an auction or private sale, artworks of many renowned painters have gone on to become the most expensive paintings in history – each breaking and holding records until the next one-of-a-kind becomes available.

12. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso, $106.5 million

Pablo Picasso | pablopicasso.org

11. The Scream by Edvard Munch, $119.9 million

Edvard Munch | edvardmunch.org

10. Masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein, $165 million

Roy Lichtenstein | lichtensteincatalogue.org

9. Nu Couche by Amedeo Modigliani, $170 million

Amedeo Modigliani | edition.cnn.com

8. Les Femmes d’ Alger by Pablo Picasso, $179.4 million

Pablo Picasso | christies.com

7. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko, $184 million

Mark Rothko | anitalouiseart.com

6. Water Serpents II by Gustav Klimt, $186 million

Gustav Klimt | english.elpais.com

5. Number 17A by Jackson Pollock, $200 million

Jackson Pollock | jackson-polluck.org

4. Nafea Faa Ipoipo by Paul Gauguin, $210 million

Paul Gauguin | artguide.com

3. The Card Players by Paul Cezanne, $250 million

Paul Cezanne | Met Museum

2. Interchange by Willem de Kooning, $300 million

Willem de Kooning | willem-de-kooning.org

1. Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, $450.3 million

Leonardo da Vinci | leonardodavinci.net

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