Pablo Picasso’s top ten expensive paintings has collectively costed their buyers almost a billion ($992 million to be exact). He was a great painter and sold his works for great prices. Not to mention that he was one of the luckiest artists who enjoyed wealth through their art during their lifetime, unlike most of other artists.
Here is the latest list of his most expensive art works as of 2014. The list is according to the adjusted price inflation.
11. Femme assise dans un jardin by Pablo Picasso ($69.7 million)
The cubist work by Pablo Picasso made in the year of 1938 is an exception piece of his style. It depicts a woman sitting on a chair in a garden. As per the Cubism instructs, the depiction is made with the geometric shapes.
Original Selling Price: $49.5 million
Auctioned by: Sotheby’s, New York in 1999
Seller: Robert Saidenberg Buyer: NA
10. Femme aux Bras Croisés by Pablo Picasso ($74.9 million)
The melancholic painting is said to be the depiction of a girl from Saint-Lazare hospital-prison in Paris. She has a sad look on her face and eyes and the sitting posture also suggests as though she is staring at the blank.
Original Selling Price: $55 million
Auctioned by: Christie’s, New York in 2000
Seller: McCormick family, Chicago Buyer: NA
9. Acrobate et jeune arlequin by Pablo Picasso ($75.9 million)
This double portrait represents an acrobat and a harlequin (a clown) posing for the portrait. Their glance in different directions (no one looking at the viewer) makes the composition a bit distracting.
Original Selling price: $38.5 million
Auctioned by: Christie’s London in 1988
Seller: Roger Janssen (?) Buyer: Mitsukoshi
8. Au Lapin Agile by Pablo Picasso ($76.6 million)
Excellent painting portraying a harlequin drinking at a bar. In the back is sitting a woman and in the far background is Japanese-looking guitarist.
Original Selling price: $40.7 million
Auctioned by: Sotheby’s New York in 1989
Seller: Daughter of Joan Whitney Payson Buyer: Walter H. Annenberg
7. Yo, Picasso by Picasso ($90.5 million)
A self portrait by Pablo Picasso in his early times around the age of 20. With little pointers of Fauvism in the painting, the portrait became one of the most self portraits by Pablo Picasso.
Original Selling price: $47.85 million
Auctioned by: Sotheby’s New York in 1989
Seller: Wendell Cherry Buyer: Stavros Niarchos
6. Les Noces de Pierrette by Pablo Picasso ($91.7 million)
It is from Picasso’s Blue period. It was made when the artist was fighting with poverty and depression. One major reason for the depression is said to be his friend Carlos Casagemas’ suicide. He painted his friend in his painting called “La Vie.”
Original Selling price: $49.3 million
Auctioned by: Binoche et Godeau, Paris in 1989
Seller: Fredrik Roos Buyer: Tomonori Tsurumaki
5. Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso ($110.1 million)
One of the most known painting of Picasso depicting one of his mistress of the time with a cat. Though, it couldn’t be used to recognize the mistress ‘Dora Maar’ the cubist painter sold this painting for high price in his times as he had become a successful painter around second Word War.
Original Selling price: $95.2 million
Auctioned by: Sotheby’s, New York in 2006
Seller: Gidwitz family Buyer: Boris Ivanishvili
4. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso ($115.7 million)
This one portrays his another mistress Marie-Therese Walter. As the title suggests it features the three main things in the focus: Nude, Green leaves and a bust of a half-bald man.
Original Selling price: $106.5 million
Auctioned by: Christie’s, New York in 2010
Seller: Frances Lasker Brody estate Buyer: NA
3. Garcon a la Pipe by Pablo Picasso ($129 million)
Belonging to his “Rose Period”, the piece was the most expensive art-piece sold at an auction at the time. It shows a boy with a garland on his hand smoking a pipe. He made it at the age of 24.
Original Selling price: $104.2 million
Auctioned by: Sotheby’s, New York in 2004
Seller: Greentree foundation(Whitney family)Buyer: Barilla Group (?)
2. Le Reve by Pablo Picasso ($157.9 million)
Expensive, famous, controversial…you can have many tags for this piece. The title of being the most expensive painting in the Picasso’s oeuvre had been snatched from it by the next painting in the list. The ‘dreaming’ woman’s depiction is controversial for its phallic symbolism. It’s from Picasso’s “Distorted Depictions” period.
Original Selling price: $155 million
Auctioned by: Private Sale in 2013
Seller: Steve Wynn Buyer: Steven A. Cohen
This has become the most expensive painting of Picasso with the price tag of $179.3 million.
Original Selling price: $179.3 million
Auctioned by: Christie’s
Seller: Unknown Buyer: Unknown