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The 16 most expensive paintings ever sold

Business Insider SA
 May 22, 2019, 09:45 PM

Reported by Sarah Jacobs

Claude Monet's 1890 painting "Meules" recently sold at auction after only eight minutes - for a whopping $110.7 million (R1.6 billion), according to the New York Times. Sotheby's claims it is the most an Impressionist work has ever sold for.

In May 2018, Sotheby's New York broke its own sales record selling Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" for $157.2 million.

But neither of those even come close to the prices fetched by some other works of art, like a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that was sold for $450.3 million in 2017.

Below, take a look at the 16 most expensive paintings that have sold during auctions or via private sales.


16. Claude Monet's "Meules" — $110.7 million

Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Date sold: March 15, 2019

Price: $110.7 million

Type of sale: Sotheby's New York, auction


15. Jackson Pollock's "No. 5, 1948" — $140 million

Date sold: November 2, 2006

Price: $140 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Sotheby's


14. Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" — $142.4 million

Date sold: November 12, 2013

Price: $142.4 million

Type of sale: Christie's, New York, auction


13. Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer II" — $150 million

Date sold: 2016

Price: $150 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Larry Gagosian


12. Pablo Picasso's "Le Rêve" — $155 million

Wikipedia

Date sold: March 26, 2013

Price: $155 million

Type of sale: Private sale


11. Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" — $157.2 million

Date sold: May 14, 2018

Price: $157.2 million

Type of sale: Sotheby's auction


10. Roy Lichtenstein's "Masterpiece" — $165 million

Date sold: January 2017

Price: $165 million

Type of sale: Private


9. Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu Couché" — $170.4 million

Date sold: November 9, 2015

Price: $170.4 million

Type of sale: Christie's, New York, auction


8. Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger ("Version O")" — $179.4 million

Date sold: May 11, 2015

Price: $179.4 million

Type of sale: Christie's, New York auction


7. Rembrandt's "Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit" — $180 million

Date sold: September 2015

Price: $180 million

Type of sale: Private


6. Mark Rothko's "No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)" — $186 million

Date sold: August 2014

Price: $186 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Yves Bouvier


5. Pollock's "Number 17A" — ~$200 million

Date sold: September 2015

Price: ~$200 million

Type of sale: Private


4. Paul Gauguin's "Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)" — $210 million

Date sold: September 2014

Price: $210 million

Type of sale: Private


3. Paul Cézanne's "The Card Players" — $250 million

Date sold: April 2011

Price: $250 million

Type of sale: Private


2. Willem de Kooning's "Interchange" — ~$300 million

Date sold: September 2015

Price: ~$300 million

Type of sale: Private


1. Painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, "Salvator Mundi" — $450.3 million

Date sold: November 15, 2017

Price: $450.3 million

Type of sale: Christie's, New York, auction

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