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.
|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|