Most expensive painting

How much is the art market worth? Although there was a drop of more than 20% in 2020, with sales going from $ 64.4 billion in 2019 to $ 50.1 billion in 2020, this market still has an extreme weight worldwide. Most expensive painting

To quote Picasso’s words “Art shake the dust accumulated in everyday life from the soul”.
And if that is true, it is equally true that pictures, paintings, and statues represent a genuine interest for wealthy people.

In today’s video, we will show you the 10 most expensive paintings in the world. A ranking challenging artists of the calibre of Klimt, Picasso, Da Vince, and Modigliani confronting each other with images imprinted in the collective imagination.

Most expensive painting in the World

What is the most expensive painting in the world? A question we try to answer in today’s new video and article. Let’s start with a first fact. Generally, paintings made before 1800 are kept in museums. To give a practical example, also mentioned in the video, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has entered the Guinness World Record because this painting has the highest insurance. In fact, the Mona Lisa has an estimated insurance of over 60 years, amounting to 100 million dollars. While it is true that the Mona Lisa is the most highly-valued painting and many works cannot be estimated, it is also true that patrons, museums and wealthy owners have always bought many valuable paintings. Among the most highly-valued paintings in history, the first is certainly Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Sold by Dmitry Rybolovlev to Badir bin Andullah Al Saud, the sale of this painting took place on 15 November 2017. The sale price was 450.3 million dollai. A figure that would currently, with inflation, be $475.4 million.

Top 10 expensive painting

In addition to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, many paintings sold for over € 1 million. The second most expensive painting in the world is Interchange by Willem de Kooning. The painting, created in 1955, was sold to Kenneth C. Griffin at a price of $300 million. With inflation, its value rose to approximately $328 million from 2015 to 2021. Paul Cézanne’s famous painting “The Card Players” closes the top three. The painting, created between 1892 and 1893, was sold in April 2011 at a price of $250 million. Again, the price would now be worth over €288m. Both Interchange and The Card Players were sold privately. While Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi through Christie’s New York auction house.

  • Salvator Mundi, Leonardo Da Vinci: 450.3;
  • Interchange, Willem de Kooning: 308;
  • The Card Players, Paul Cézanne: 250;
  • Nafea Faa Ipoipo, Paul Gauguin, 210;
  • Number 17A, Jackson Pollock, 200;
  • Wasserschlangen II, Gustav Klimt, 183.8
  • No.6 (Violet, Green and Red) Mark Rothko, 186
  • Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, 180;
  • Les Femmes d’Alger, Pablo Picasso, 179.4
  • Nu couché, 170.4
Adjusted price
(in million USD)
Original price
(in million USD)
PaintingImageArtistYearDate of saleRank
at sale
$475.4$450.3Salvator MundiLeonardo da Vincic. 1500November 15, 20171Dmitry RybolovlevBadr bin Abdullah Al Saud[note 2]
~$328~$300InterchangeWillem de Kooning1955September 20151David Geffen FoundationKenneth C. Griffin
$288 +$250 + [note 3]The Card PlayersPaul Cézanne1892/93April 20111George EmbiricosState of Qatar
$229$210 [22]Nafea Faa Ipoipo
(When Will You Marry?)
Paul Gauguin1892September 20142Rudolf Staechelin heirsState of Qatar
~$218~$200Number 17AJackson Pollock1948September 20154David Geffen FoundationKenneth C. Griffin
$204.2$183.8Wasserschlangen IIGustav Klimt1904–0720132Yves BouvierDmitry Rybolovlev
No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)Mark Rothko1951August 20143Cherise MoueixDmitry Rybolovlev
(€160 million)
Pendant portraits of
Maerten Soolmans
and Oopjen Coppit
Rembrandt1634February 1, 2016[27]7Éric de RothschildRijksmuseum
and Louvre
$195.8$179.4Les Femmes d’Alger
(“Version O”)
Pablo Picasso1955May 11, 20155Private collectionHamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani[29]
$186.1$170.4Nu couchéAmedeo Modigliani1917/18November 9, 20159Laura Mattioli RossiLiu Yiqian[31]

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