13 expensive paintings which broke the $100 million mark as base selling price

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March 1, 2014Blog2 Comments

$100 million dollar mark is big in any industry. You can start a big company, could own a whole island or have hundreds of kilograms of gold. If you are not interested in buying, you could save it in a bank and wouldn’t have to work for a single day for the rest of your life.

But, if you are an art lover and an investor, you would buy an art-piece made by a popular artist. That’s a new trend in art market running over a decade now.

Only 13 paintings have been successful to break the milestone of $100 million. Here is a list of them. The order is according to date. Click on the titles to know in the details.

1. Garçon à la pipe by Pablo Picasso

The very first painting to break the big mark ever. It is a painting made in 1905 when Pablo Picasso was only 24 years old. It comes from his Rose period. It was sold by Greentree foundation in an auction held by the Auction Company Sotheby for $104 million, allegedly, to Guido Barrilla of Italian Barilla Group. It still ranks as the second most expensive painting by Pablo Picasso.

Garçon à la pipe by Pablo Picasso

Garçon à la pipe by Pablo Picasso

2. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt 

Broke the record of Garcon a la pipe by a huge margin with the selling price of $135 million on June 18, 2006. It was made by Gustav Klimt in 1907 with real gold. Gustav Klimt was Austrian artist and the painting is many times referred as Austrian Mona Lisa. It was sold by Maria Altmann to American businessman Ronald Lauder.

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

3. No.5, 1948 by Pollock

The best piece from Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. Executed in 1948 as the title suggests, it made $140 million in the Sotheby’s auction. The seller was American businessman David Geffen and the buyer was David Martinez, a Mexican.

No 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

No 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

4. Woman III by Willem de Kooning

The 1953 abstract-impressionist piece by the Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning, was sold for $137.5 million on November 18, 2006. Sold by David Geffen to Steven A. Cohen in a private sale.

Woman III by Willem de Kooning

Woman III by Willem de Kooning

5. Eight Elvises by Andy Warhol

Pop artist Andy Warhol made this piece in 1963. The silkscreen art piece made the $100 million mark in October 2008, bringing the artist in this list. Sold by Annibale Berlingieri in private sale. The buyer’s name is still undisclosed.

Eight Elvises by Andy Warhol

Eight Elvises by Andy Warhol

6. Flag by Jasper Johns

Made by discharged US army officer Jasper Johns in 1954 was sold for $110 million in March 2010. Sold by Jean-Christophe Castelli to Steven A. Cohen in a private sale. The American artist was known for his various paintings of American flag.

Flags by Jasper Johns

Flags by Jasper Johns

 7. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso

Another piece by Pablo Picasso on the list. It was made in 1932 before the Second World War. It was sold by Frances Lasker Brody estate in 2010 for $106.5 million in Christie’s auction at New York.

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso

8. The Card Player by Paul Cezanne

Currently the most expensive painting in the world with the stunning figure of $259 million (supposed). Sold in April 2011 by George Embiricos to the state of Qatar in a private sale.

The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

 9. The Scream by Edvard Munch

A remarkable and iconic piece of painting of 19th century art by the Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch. Sold on the day of May 2, 2012 for $119.9 million by Petter Olsen to Leon Black in Sotheby’s New York Auction.

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch

 10. Le Reve by Pablo Picasso

A controversial painting by the Spanish painter made in 1932. It has sold recently for $155 million on March 26, 2013 by Steve Wynn to the buyer of Woman III Steven A. Cohen.

It’s the third art work by Pablo Picasso on the list. Pablo made a lot of money in his times by painting and is still making after his death.

Le Reve by Pablo Picasso

Le Reve by Pablo Picasso

 

11. Anna’s Light by Barnett Newman

American artist made this painting in 1968. It was sold for $105.7 million on October 4, 2013. It was sold by Japanese DIC Corporation in a private sale.

Anna's Light by Barnett Newman

Anna’s Light by Barnett Newman

12. Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

Made in 1969, the painting was sold for $142.4 million on November 12, 2013 in Christie’s auction held at New York. The seller is anonymous while the buyer’s name is Elaine Wynn.

Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

 

13. Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) by Andy Warhol

The second art work of Andy Warhol which broke the record of the first one by the selling price of $105.4 million on November 13, 2013 in the Sotheby’s auction. It was made in 1963 by the artist.

Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) by Andy Warhol

Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) by Andy Warhol

 

An honorable mention for the list is the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, whose any art work hasn’t broke the milestone of $100 million yet but the total figure of van Gogh’s sold work exceeds the mark of $700 million. It nears Pablo Picasso’s figure of $740 million, a sum of prices of his major paintings.

Here is a video of most expensive paintings ever sold.

 

Or explore comprehensive list of  expensive paintings from our database.

 

 


2 Responses to “13 expensive paintings which broke the $100 million mark as base selling price”
  1. robertsims

    my god of all the artwork on the planet ..are you kidding? you have got to be kidding me..these are all pure garbage, except for the klimt portrait…have people gone completely out of their minds?

    • bob

      Sure, tattoos are art

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