List of most expensive paintings

List of most expensive paintings

When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin was sold at the highest known price ever paid for any painting.

This is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings. The earliest sale on the list (Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh) is from 1987, and more than tripled the previous record price, set only two years before, introducing a new era in top picture prices. The sale was also significant in that for the first time a "modern" painting (in this case from 1888) became the record holder, as opposed to the old master paintings which had always previously held it. Since that time sales of the most valuable paintings have usually been made at auctions, though that had by no means always been the case before, and the list below still shows some "private sales", including the five most expensive. The current record price was paid for When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin, which was sold for $300 million in 2015.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol 2
  • List of highest prices paid 3
  • Scatter plot 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Background

The world's most famous paintings, especially old master works done before 1803, are generally owned or held at museums, for viewing by patrons. The museums very rarely sell them, and as such, they are quite literally priceless. Guinness World Records lists the Mona Lisa as having the highest insurance value for a painting in history. On permanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$780 million in 2016.[1]

The earliest sale on the list below (Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh) is from March 1987; with a price of £24.75 million ($82 million in current dollars) it tripled the previous record and introduced a new era in top art sales. Before this, the highest absolute price paid for a painting was £8.1 million ($23 million in current dollars) paid by the J. Paul Getty Museum for Mantegna's Adoration of the Magi at Christie's in London on April 18, 1985.[2] In constant dollars, the highest price paid before 1987 was by the National Gallery of Art when in February 1967 they acquired Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci for around $5 million ($35 million in current dollars) from the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. The sale of Van Gogh's Sunflowers was also significant in that for the first time a "modern" (in this case 1888) painting became the record holder, as opposed to the old master paintings which previously had dominated the market. In contrast, there are currently only seven pre-1850 paintings among the top 48 listed.

An exceptional case is graffiti artist David Choe, who accepted payment in shares for painting graffiti art in the headquarters of a fledgling Facebook. While his shares were of limited value when he was awarded them, by the time of Facebook's IPO they were valued at around $200m.[3]

Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol

Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol are by far the best represented artists in the list. Whereas Picasso and Warhol became wealthy men, Van Gogh (supposedly) sold only one painting in his lifetime, The Red Vineyard, for 400 francs (about $1600 in 2011) to the impressionist painter and heiress Anna Boch.[4] His seven paintings in the list below alone were sold for over 719 million current dollars.

List of highest prices paid

This list is ordered by consumer price index inflation-adjusted value (in bold) in millions of United States dollars in the current year.[note 1] Where necessary, the price is first converted to dollars using the exchange rate at the time the painting was sold. The inflation adjustment may change as recent inflation rates are often revised. A list in another currency may be in a slightly different order due to exchange rate fluctuations. Paintings are only listed once, i.e. for the highest price sold.

Adjusted price
(in millions)
Original price
(in millions)
Painting Image Artist Year Date of sale Rank
at sale
Seller Buyer Auction house
~$300 ~$300 [note 2] Nafea Faa Ipoipo
(When Will You Marry?)
Paul Gauguin 1892 February 2015 1 or 2
[note 3]
Rudolf Staechelin family Unknown, possibly the State of Qatar Private sale[5]
$272 + $259 + [note 4] The Card Players Paul Cézanne 1892/93 April 2011 1 George Embiricos State of Qatar Private sale [6][7][8]
$186 $186
(€140)
No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) Mark Rothko 1951 August 2014 2 Cherise Moueix Dmitry Rybolovlev Private sale via
Yves Bouvier [9]
$179.4 $179.4 Les Femmes d'Alger
("Version O")
Pablo Picasso 1955 May 11, 2015 4 Private collection Private collection Christie's, New York.[10]
$163.8 $140 No. 5, 1948 Jackson Pollock 1948 November 2, 2006 1 David Geffen David Martinez Private sale via Sotheby's[11]
$160.9 $137.5 Woman III Willem de Kooning 1953 November 18, 2006 2 David Geffen Steven A. Cohen Private sale via Larry Gagosian[12]
$157.9 $135 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I Gustav Klimt 1907 June 18, 2006 1 Maria Altmann Ronald Lauder, Neue Galerie Private sale via Christie's[13]
$156.9 $155 Le Rêve Pablo Picasso 1932 March 26, 2013 5 Steve Wynn Steven A. Cohen Private sale[14]
$148.9 $82.5 Portrait of Dr. Gachet Vincent van Gogh 1890 May 15, 1990 1 Siegfried Kramarsky
family
Ryoei Saito[note 5] Christie's, New York
$144.2 $142.4 Three Studies of Lucian Freud Francis Bacon 1969 November 12, 2013 7 [note 6] Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of Steve Wynn[19] Christie's, New York[20]
$141 $78.1 Bal du moulin de la Galette
[note 7]
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1876 May 17, 1990 2 Betsey Whitney Ryoei Saito [note 8] Sotheby's, New York
$130.1 $104.2 Garçon à la pipe Pablo Picasso 1905 May 4, 2004 3 Greentree foundation
(Whitney family)
Barilla Group?[21] Sotheby's, New York[22]
$129.1 $127.5 Salvator Mundi Attributed to
Leonardo da Vinci
1490-1519 May 2013 9 Robert Simon Dmitry Rybolovlev Private sale via
Yves Bouvier[9][23]
$123.2 $119.9 The Scream [note 9] Edvard Munch 1895 May 2, 2012 8 Petter Olsen Leon Black[24] Sotheby's, New York
$121 $118 Reclining Nude With Blue Cushion Amedeo Modigliani 1917 2012 8 Steven A. Cohen Dmitry Rybolovlev Private sale via Yves Bouvier [9]
$119 $110.0 Flag [note 10] Jasper Johns 1954 March 2010 7 Jean-Christophe Castelli Steven A. Cohen Private sale, estimated price[25]
$115.2 $106.5 Nude, Green Leaves and Bust Pablo Picasso 1932 May 4, 2010 8 Frances Lasker Brody estate Christie's, New York[26]
$114.2 $58 plus
exchange of
works [note 11]
Portrait of Joseph Roulin Vincent van Gogh 1889 August 1, 1989 1 Private collection, Zürich Museum of Modern Art New York Private sale via
Thomas Ammann,
Fine Art Zurich[27]
$111.9 $53.9 Irises Vincent van Gogh 1889 November 11, 1987 1 son of Joan Whitney Payson Alan Bond [note 12] Sotheby's, New York
$111.4 $95.2 Dora Maar au Chat Pablo Picasso 1941 May 3, 2006 5 Gidwitz family Boris Ivanishvili[28] Sotheby's, New York[29]
$109.5 $100.0 Eight Elvises Andy Warhol 1963 October 2008 10 Annibale Berlingieri Possibly the State of Qatar[30][31] Private sale via Philippe Ségalot[32]
$107 + $105.7 + [note 13]
(¥10,300)
Anna's Light Barnett Newman 1968 October 4, 2013 18 DIC Corp. Private sale[33][34][35]
$106.8 $105.4 Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) Andy Warhol 1963 November 13, 2013 20 Sotheby's, New York[36]
$103.5 $71.5 Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe Vincent van Gogh 1889 November 19, 1998 5 Heirs of Jacques Koerfer Christie's, New York
$102.9 $87.9 Adele Bloch-Bauer II Gustav Klimt 1912 November 2, 2006 10 Maria Altmann Christie's, New York
$101 $100 La Montagne Sainte-Victoire
vue du bosquet du Château Noir
Paul Cézanne 1904 2013 [note 14] 20 Edsel and Eleanor Ford House State of Qatar [37] Private sale[38][39]
$100.6 $76.7
(£49.5)
Massacre of the Innocents Peter Paul Rubens 1611 July 10, 2002 6 an Austrian family Kenneth Thomson[note 15] Sotheby's, London
$94.5 $86.3 Triptych, 1976 Francis Bacon 1976 May 14, 2008 13 Moueix Family [41] Roman Abramovich[42] Sotheby's, New York[43]
$93.8 $49.3
(F300)
Les Noces de Pierrette Pablo Picasso 1905 November 30, 1989 3 Fredrik Roos[44] Tomonori Tsurumaki Binoche et Godeau Paris
$93.6 $80.0 False Start Jasper Johns 1959 October 12, 2006 11 David Geffen Kenneth C. Griffin Private sale via Richard Gray.[45]
$93.1 $57 A Wheatfield with Cypresses Vincent van Gogh 1889 May 1993 6 son of Emil Georg Bührle Walter H. Annenberg [note 16] Private sale via Steven Mazoh
$91 $47.8 Yo, Picasso Pablo Picasso 1901 May 9, 1989 2 Wendell Cherry Stavros Niarchos Sotheby's, New York
$91 $80.0 Turquoise Marilyn Andy Warhol 1964 May 20, 2007 17 Stefan Edlis Steven A. Cohen Private sale via Larry Gagosian[46]
~$90 $90.3 each
(€160M for pair)
Pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit Rembrandt 1634 September 2015 Eric de Rothschild Rijksmuseum
Louvre
Private sale
[47]
$89.7 $70.0 Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos,
Marquis of Vasto,
in Armor with a Page
Titian 1533 November 2003 10 AXA insurance company Getty Museum Private sale via
Hervé Aaron [48][49]
$89.3 $86.9 Orange, Red, Yellow Mark Rothko 1961 May 8, 2012 26 Estate of David Pincus Christie's, New York[50]
$88.2 $80.5
(£40.9)
Le Bassin aux Nymphéas Claude Monet 1919 June 24, 2008 20 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Christie's, London[51]
$85.6 $60.5 Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier Paul Cézanne 1894 May 10, 1999 9 Whitney Family [note 17] Sotheby's, New York
$84.2 $84.2 Black Fire I Barnett Newman 1961 May 13, 2014 35 Private Collection Anonymous Christie's, New York.[53]
$82.8 $72.8 White Center (Yellow, Pink
and Lavender on Rose)
Mark Rothko 1950 May 15, 2007 19 David Rockefeller, Sr. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani [54] Sotheby's, New York[55]
$82.4 $39.7
(£24.75)
Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers Vincent van Gogh 1888 March 30, 1987 1 Helen Beatty,
daughter-in-law of
Chester Beatty
Yasuo Goto, Yasuda Comp. Christie's, London
$81.9 $81.9 Triple Elvis Andy Warhol 1963 November 12, 2014 39 WestSpiel [56] Christie's, New York [57]
$81.9 $81.9 No. 10 Mark Rothko 1961 May 13, 2015 42 Christie's, New York[58]
$81.6 $71.7 Green Car Crash
(Green Burning Car I)
Andy Warhol 1963 May 16, 2007 21 Private collection, Zürich Philip Niarchos Christie's, New York[59]
$80.8 $80.8 Three Studies for a
Portrait of John Edwards
Francis Bacon 1984 May 13, 2014 39 Private Collection Anonymous Christie's, New York.[53]
~$79 ~$75
(€50-60) [note 18]
Darmstadt Madonna Hans Holbein 1526 July 12, 2011 29 Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse Reinhold Würth Private sale via
Christoph Graf Douglas[60]
$77.6 $70.6
(£50)
Diana and Actaeon

Titian 1556–1559 February 1, 2009 26 Duke of Sutherland National Galleries of Scotland
& National Gallery, London
Private sale[61][62][63]
$77.4 $40.7 Au Lapin Agile Pablo Picasso 1904 November 27, 1989 5 daughter of Joan Whitney Payson Walter H. Annenberg Sotheby's, New York
$77.3 $68 The Gross Clinic Thomas Eakins 1875 April 12, 2007 21 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia Museum of Art Private sale.[64]
$77.2 $75.1 No 1 (Royal Red and Blue) Mark Rothko 1954 November 13, 2012 36 John and Anne Marion Sotheby's, New York[65]
$76.9 $38.5
(£20.9)
Acrobate et jeune arlequin
[note 19]
Pablo Picasso 1905 November 28, 1988 3 Heir of Roger Janssen?
[note 20]
Mitsukoshi Christie's, London
$75.3 $55.0 Femme aux Bras Croisés Pablo Picasso 1902 November 8, 2000 13 McCormick family, Chicago Christie's, New York[66]
$74.6 $69.0 Nude Sitting on a Divan
("La Belle Romaine")
Amedeo Modigliani 1917 November 2, 2010 33 Halit Cıngıllıoglu[67] Sotheby's, New York[68]
$74.3 $63.5 Police Gazette[69] Willem de Kooning 1955 October 12, 2006 20 David Geffen Steven A. Cohen Private sale via Richard Gray.[45]
$73.7 $71.7
(£45)
Diana and Callisto Titian 1556–1559 March 2, 2012 38 Duke of Sutherland National Galleries of Scotland
& National Gallery, London
Private sale [70]
$70.1 $49.5 Femme assise dans un jardin Pablo Picasso 1938 November 10, 1999 13 Robert Saidenberg[71] Sotheby's, New York
$69.8 $47.5 Peasant Woman Against
a Background of Wheat
Vincent van Gogh 1890 1997 12 Steve Wynn[note 21] Private sale via
Acquavella Galleries Inc.,
New York[73]
$69.6 $69.6 Untitled Cy Twombly 1970 November 12, 2014 54 Nicola del Roscio [56] Christie's, New York [74]
$69.6 $69.6 Four Marlons Andy Warhol 1966 November 12, 2014 54 WestSpiel [56] Christie's, New York [75]
$68.7 $65.5
(¥425.5)
Eagle Standing on Pine Tree[76] Qi Baishi 1946 May 22, 2011 38 Liu Yiqian Hunan TV & Broadcast
Intermediary Co[77]
China Guardian Auctions
$68.5 $63.4 Men in Her Life Andy Warhol 1962 November 8, 2010 37 Jose Mugrabi Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani [78] Phillips de Pury & Company[79]
$67.4 $67.4 Buste de femme
(Femme à la résille)
Pablo Picasso 1938 May 11, 2015 4 Steve Wynn Christie's, New York.[10]
$67 $35.2 Portrait of a Halberdier Pontormo 1537 May 31, 1989 5 Chauncey Stillman Getty Museum Christie's, New York
$66.3 $66.3 L’Allée des Alyscamps Vincent van Gogh 1888 May 5, 2015 60 Sotheby's, New York[80]
$66.2 $66.2 Untitled Mark Rothko 1952 May 13, 2014 54 Private Collection Anonymous Christie's, New York.[53]
$65.7 $60.0 Suprematist Composition Kazimir Malevich 1916 November 3, 2008 34 Heirs of Kazimir Malevich Sotheby's, New York[81]
$65.1 $62.1
(¥402.5)
Zhichuan Resettlement[82] Wang Meng 1350 June 4, 2011 42 Beijing Poly Auction
$65.1 $65.1 Spring (Le Printemps) Édouard Manet 1881 November 5, 2014 56 Getty Museum Christie's, New York[83]

Scatter plot

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Notes

  1. ^ The WorldHeritage template uses a yearly average inflation. Using monthly averages gives slightly different numbers, most significantly for paintings sold early or late in a year with significant inflation.
  2. ^ Exact price unknown, but described by The New York Times as "close to $300 million."
  3. ^ Depending on whether its price exceed that of The Card Players; neither painting's price at sale is definitively known.
  4. ^ Exact price (even the currency of sale) is not known, with estimates from $259 million to even $300 million
  5. ^ Reportedly, Gachet's portrait was privately resold to a European buyer in 1997 or 1998 for $65-$90 million through Sotheby’s[15][16]
  6. ^ The triptych had probably been reassembled by the Italian collector Francesco De Simone Niquesa, but were resold to a person in the US before 2013[17][18]
  7. ^ This is the small version of the painting; the large version is at Musée d'Orsay.
  8. ^ Privately resold for ca. $50 million through Sotheby’s in 1997.[16]
  9. ^ One of two pastel versions; another two painted versions (and lithography) exist, all created by Munch
  10. ^ Most expensive painting by a living artist
  11. ^ The paintings transferred to the dealers include a late Monet entitled Corona (Water Lilies) from around 1920; Renoir's Reclining Nude of 1902, Kandinsky's Autumn Landscape, Murnau from 1908, and Picasso's Striped Bodice from September 1943.
  12. ^ Alan Bond could not pay off the painting, and Irises was resold (probably for somewhat less) to the Getty Museum.
  13. ^ Price excludes sales commission and other costs.
  14. ^ exact date of sale is not available
  15. ^ Later in 2002, Thomson donated his private collection, including the Rubens, to the Art Gallery of Ontario[40]
  16. ^ Annenberg donated it subsequently to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  17. ^ Steve Wynn, who bid on the painting at auction, privately acquired the work several months later from the unidentified buyer for an undisclosed, supposedly lower price. Kenneth Griffin acquired it in 2004 from Wynn.[52]
  18. ^ Usually estimated at "over €50 M" or "between 50 and 60 million Euros". $75M would have been €53M on July 12, 2011.
  19. ^ resold for £12m to Stavros Niarchos in 1993
  20. ^ A Belgian banker and collector who bought it in 1939 for $18,000. His was the last name on the 1988 provenance list; painting came from "a private collection in Arizona"
  21. ^ On Oct. 7, 2005, The New York Times reported that Steven Cohen bought van Gogh's "Peasant Woman Against a Background of Wheat" and Gauguin's "Bathers" (1903) from Steve Wynn for approximately $110 million,[72] though guesses range from $100-150 million. One or both of the paintings may thus occur higher on this list.

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External links

  • Top 100 most expensive paintings (French)
  • The Most Expensive Paintings ever sold list by theartwolf
  • The 49 Most Expensive Paintings ever sold visualisation by Jacksonsart