Top 20 most expensive paintings in the world 2020

Top 20 most expensive paintings in the world

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well, a painting is worth thousands of words for those who value it, and that’s why artists are one of the richest professions in the world today.

The most well-known paintings of all time, especially old master works done before the 1803, are commonly owned or held at top museums, for viewing by buyers. Since the museums seldom sell them, they are considered to be priceless. The Guinness World Records still lists da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as having the most powerful ever insurance cost for a painting.

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On permanent exhibition at the Louvre in Paris, France, the Mona Lisa was assessed at over $100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking price inflation into account, the 1962 price would be 10 times that. Salvator Mundi, a portrait by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci dated to c. 1500, was also sold at auction for well $450.3 million on 15 November of 2017 by Christie’s in New York to Prince Badr bin Abdullah, establishing a new record for most expensive painting ever auctioned at public auction.

Here is the list of the top 20 most expensive paintings in the world.

Rank      Painting Artist Price
1. Salvator Mundi Leonardo da Vinci $450.3 million
2. Interchange Willem de Kooning $300 million
3. The Card Players Paul Cézanne $250 million
4. Nafea Faa Ipoipo Paul Gauguin $210 million
5. Number 17A Jackson Pollock $200 million
6. No. 6 (in Violet, Green and Red) Mark Rothko $186 million
7. Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit Rembrandt $180 million
8. Les Femmes d’ Alger (“Version O”) Pablo Picasso $197.4 million
9. Nu couché Amedeo Modigliani $170.4 million
10. Masterpiece Roy Lichtenstein $165 million
11. Nu couché (Sur le côté gauche) Amedeo Modigliani $157.2 million
12. Le Rêve Pablo Picasso $155 million
13. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II Gustav Klimt $150 million
14. Three Studies of Lucian Freud Francis Bacon $142.4 million
15. No. 5, 1948 Jackson Pollock $140 million
16. Woman III Willem de Kooning $137.5 million
17. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I Gustav Klimt $135 million
18. The Scream Edvard Munch $119.9 million
19. Reclining Nude With Blue Cushion Amedeo Modigliani $118 million
20. Untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat $110.5 million


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