The World’s Most Expensive Paintings (20 pics)

Although many famous pictures are held in museums and are thus literally priceless, those which are sold at the auctions may have truly mind-boggling price tags. Are they worth it? You decide.


Pablo Picasso – Femme aux Bras Croisés (Woman with Folded Arms), 1902

Sold for $55 million in 2000

Vincent van Gogh – A Wheatfield with Cypresses, 1889

Sold for $57 million in 1993

Kazimir Malevich – Suprematist Composition, 1916

Sold for $60 million in 2008

Paul Cézanne – Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier, 1894

Sold for $60.5 million in 1999

Willem de Kooning – Police Gazette, 1955

Sold for $63.5 in 2006

Vincent van Gogh – Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe (Self-portrait without beard), 1889

Sold for $71.5 million in 1998

Andy Warhol – Green Car Crash, 1963

Sold for $71.7 million in 2007

Mark Rothko –White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose), 1950

Sold for $72.8 million in 2007

Peter Paul Rubens – Massacre of the Innocents, 1611

Sold for $76.7 million in 2002

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Bal du moulin de la Galette (Dance at Le moulin de la Galette), 1876

Sold for $78.1 million in 1990

Jasper Johns – False Start, 1959

Sold for $80 million in 2006

Claude Monet – Le Bassin aux Nymphéas (Water Lily Pond), 1919

Sold for $80.5 million in 2008

Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1890

Sold for $82.5 million in 1990

Francis Bacon – Triptych, 1976

Sold for $86.3 million in 2008

Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II, 1912

Sold for $87.9 million in 2006

Pablo Picasso – Dora Maar au Chat (Dora Maar with Cat), 1941

Sold for $95.2 in 2006

Pablo Picasso – Garçon à la Pipe (Boy with a Pipe), 1905

Sold for $104.2 million in 2004

Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907

Sold for $135 million in 2006

Willem de Kooning – Woman III, 1953

Sold for $137.5 million in 2006

Jackson Pollock – No. 5, 1948

Sold for $140 million in 2006


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  1. eco26
    #20 I don't get it. Art is too profound to understand.
  2. Richey4Real
    Why anyone would even pay a cent for any modern art is beyond me,warhol,pollock and their ilk are just shite.
  3. mm
    Even 1000$ is too much for a painting. It's funny how to-be artist goes to an art school, learns different painting techniques etc. and then makes some "masterpiece" that uses painting technique, color and style to "code" his message, whatever it might be. Then he puts it on the wall for everyone to see, but only those who have also studied painting can decode it. Or at least they think they have decoded it... To us normal peole it's just meaningless shit like picture #20. I've seen similar "paintings" made by house painters, who uses a piece of cardboard under his feet to prevent paint spilling on the floor. Greatest sham ever. If I could convince some air-headed world famous art critic that I'm the next Van Gogh, I would go travelling abroad until I got bloody diarrhea from bad food. Then I would wipe my ass on different size canvases and sell them for $100 million each. And everyone would be happy.
  4. rikki_doxx
    People are buying the name not the painting or whatever.
  5. itsme
    #20 I have many of them at home
  6. total ricola
    Art is always about "something hidden." But does it help us connect with that hidden something? I think it moves us away from it.

    The Case Against Art
    John Zerzan
    primitivism dot com/case-art dot htm
    Why would you pay a movie ticket? Why would you pay much for a nice car? Why would you pay much for a big beautiful house? FUCK YOU that's why.
  8. klunkr
    140 million dollars. for that.
  9. Zut
    #16 - ninety five dollars and twenty cents? That's more like it.
  10. Izifan
    and I bet that not one of them there painter guys have ever checked out a pic dump site... dumb asses..
  11. Jackson Pollock
  12. incultskilla
    @mm, itsme, zut... Poor idiots, i pity you...
  13. Blowme
    art is a feeling inside, a movement, a story that many will never understand..
  14. to the sky
    I have never understood art. #20 looks like someone got shot and fell into a pool of mustard. People spend like 10 minutes on a painting that's worth millions of dollars while another person spends a year on a painting that's worthless. I don't get it.
  15. LOLOL
    number 8!!! wow! that is awesome!
  16. Ibrahim sfeir
    what are the criteria to evaluate a painting, is it just the price it was last sold for ??????????? this is mankind going crazy ... really!!!!!!
  17. Curtis E. Flush
    Go to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and visit the Picasso room. It all makes more sense when you see it in person. He's fucking incredible!
  18. judena a brow
    i dont really understand art but i have paintings of my own that i will never get rid of i love them and i feel that some day after im long gone they will become famous paintings.

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