5 Most Expensive Paintings of All Times
Below are some of the most expensive paintings in all times:
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt (1907)
This famous painting was sold to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Gallery in New York City for $135 million on June 2006.
The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, wife of a Jewish sugar industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer and the hostess of a prominent Vienna salon became the only model that was painted twice by Klimt when he completed the second picture of her, which is the Adele Bloch-Bauer II, in 1912.
Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh (1905)
This painting was sold to a Japanese businessman named Ryoei Saito for $82.5 million on May 15, 1990.
This business shocked the world as he wish to cremate with him Vincent van Gogh’s painting. Later he explained he was using a figure of speech: threatening to torch the oils was just an expression of intense affection for the masterpiece. He then died in 1996. As like we all know, Vincent van Gogh always painted two versions of his paintings. The other version of Dr. Gachet’s portrait with a slightly different color scheme was located at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
Bal au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876)
This painting has two versions with the same name but in different sizes. The larger one is located at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, while the other one which is smaller version was sold on May 17, 1990 for $78 million to Ryoei Sato, the same person who bought the Portrait of Dr Gachet.
Garcon a la Pipe by Pablo Picasso (1905)
This “Boy with a pipe” was painted by Picasso during 24-year-old Picasso’s famous Rose Period, a period when he preferred orange and pink colors. It illustrates a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand.
This painting was sold on May 5, 2004 for $104.1 million. The record price was a bit of surprise since the painting is not made in the Cubist style that Picasso is being well-known for. Some even said that the paintings high sale price has more to do with the artist’s name than with the merit of historical importance of the paintings.
Dora Maar au Caht by Pablo Picasso (1941)
This painting illustrates the painter’s mistress, seated on a chair with a small cat hovering on her shoulder. It was sold on May 3, 2006 in New York to an anonymous bidder for $95.2 million.
These paintings are among those paintings that have been sold for a really overwhelming amount. Well I guess, for a really avid fun of art collections, these prices were worthy.
Try searching online about the famous paintings who have bought for an enormous amount. You might also want to buy abstract art for your own in an abstract art gallery online and choose among those gallery paintings that are worth collecting for.